Saturday turned out to be the slowest early voting count since the polls opened last Monday. Just before 5 p.m. Saturday, 375 voters had cast ballots during the day, just more than half the number of voters who cast ballots Friday.
According to the numbers from the Brown County Elections Office, 739 people voted on Friday. Before Saturday, Wednesday with 656 votes had been the slowest day of the week.
Those who have not voted, and who wish to vote early, may do so between noon and 5 p.m. today; 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday; and 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday at the Coliseum Annex.
“Today’s been the slowest day,” said Crystal Molina, assistant elections administrator, “but I hesitate to say slow because really, 375 is quite a few. People are getting out to exercise their right to vote. Brown County can be proud of its voter turnout.”
The 375 on Friday brings the total number of early voters to 4,156.
“Percentage-wise, we’re out-pacing other larger counties,” Molina said. “We found out this morning Ector County has 60,000 registered voters, and they had only had 7,500 vote so far in early election. Brown County has a third the number of people eligible to vote and more than half the number of early voters.”
Meanwhile, the elections administration office has scheduled a test of the voting machine counting equipment for 10 a.m. Monday. The test is open to the public.