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October 17, 2010

Early Voting begins

It’s Monday for state and county races

Athens — Early voting begins Monday for state and Henderson County races, and if recent trends continue, perhaps half of the voters will have gone to the polls before election day. 

Two years ago, the county came close to having its first general election in which most of the voters cast early ballots.

Spurred by interest in the Barack Obama — John McCain presidential race, the 11 days of early balloting garnered 14,491 votes. The total after election day stood at 28,993.

Statewide, the number of early voters has also been climbing in recent elections. In 2008, more than 5.3 million voted early. That’s up from 3.77 million in 2004, when George W. Bush defeated John Kerry.

In the Henderson County 2004 general election that featured the presidential race between George W. Bush and John Kerry, the 12,280 early votes cast accounted for 42.57 percent of the total vote. Another 16,569 went to the polls on election day, making the total a record 28,849.

The 2000 election, headlined by George W. Bush’s first run for president against former Vice President Al Gore, only drew 9,230 early voters. However, on election day, 16,327 cast ballots, making the total 25,627.

The following is a list of times and locations of early balloting this year within the county.

• Henderson County Election Center— Monday Oct. 18 through Friday Oct. 29, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Special weekend voting dates at the Elections Center include — Super Saturday, Oct. 23, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 24, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

• Seven Points City Hall — Monday, Oct. 18 through Friday, Oct. 29, 8 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. to 4.30 p.m.

• Chandler Courthouse Annex — Monday Oct. 18 through Friday, Oct. 29, 8 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. to 4.30 p.m.

Brownsboro Independent School District  voters can also cast ballots at several locations. According to the county elections office, voters can participate in the general election, as well as the BISD bond issue at any of the temporary sites.

• Brownsboro Tax Office — Monday, Oct. 28 through Thursday Oct. 28, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

• Chandler Intermediate School Library — Monday, Oct. 18, 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

• Brownsboro Intermediate School Library — Monday, Oct. 19, 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

• Brownsboro ISD, Aces Campus, — Thursday, Oct 21, 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.

• Brownsboro ISD, Aces Campus, — Friday, Oct. 22, 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

• Brownsboro Elementary School Library — Tuesday, Oct. 26, 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

• Chandler Elementary School, Room 22 — Thursday, Oct 28, 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

The Athens ISD bond election will be conducted at the following locations.

• South Athens Elementary School — Tuesday, Oct. 19, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

• Athens Intermediate School — Thursday, Oct 21, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

• Bel Air Elementary — Super Saturday, Oct 23, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.


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