Early voting continues to have strong turnout

If you didn't know different, you might think Brown County Elections Administrator Suzy Young's message Friday afternoon was a bit scolding in nature.

"Get on out to the polls!" Young said.

Young was anything but scolding. Her message was along the lines of "keep 'em comin.'"

Young was pleased that the early voting turnout for the March 4 primary elections has continued on a strong pace after starting off strong Tuesday, the first day of early voting. The early voting period continues through Feb. 28.

As of Friday afternoon, a total of 1,138 early votes had been cast. After four days. In 2012, the total number of ballots cast for the entire early voting period was 2,010, Young said.

"We've had a strong voter turnout," Young said. She said it appears local candidates in contested races "are getting their people out to vote."

Elections officials remind voters to bring photo identification to meet the requirements of the new voter ID law. There have been no issues so far in Brown County, elections officials said.

Polling hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. until the final two days of early voting. On Thursday and Friday, polling hours will be to 7 p.m.

In the May 10 city, school board and water board elections:

Brownwood City Council

The seats of Mayor Stephen Haynes, Ward 1 Councilman H.D. Jones and Ward 4 councilman Draco Miller are open. All three have filed for re-election.

City of Early

The seats of Charles Matlock, Benny Allcorn and B.J. McCullough are open. All three have filed. Additionally, Norman Reich has filed.

Early school board

The seats of Place 6 trustee Chad Benton and Place 7 trustee Gary Bowen are up. Benton has filed for re-election. Tracy Ebarb has filed in Place 7.

City of Bangs

The seats of Richard Perez, Truman Westfall and Larry Williford are open. All three filed for re-election.

Bangs school board

The seats of Larry Drury and Lyndyl Tidwell are open. Both have filed.

City of Blanket

The seats of Jacob Schwab, Scotty Isham and Gary Craft are open. Schwab and Isham have filed.

Blanket ISD

The seats of Place 1 trustee Billy Graham and Place 2 trustee Kyle Kensing are open. It was unclear late Friday afternoon if anyone had filed.

Brown County Water Improvement District board

The seats of Mark Campbell and Ted Simpson are open. No one has filed.