Today is the final day for early voting in Texas party primaries, and Brown County Elections Administrator Suzy Young is expected – and hoping – for a huge turnout.

    “Tell them to come out and vote,” Young said as the polls were about to close Thursday. “People may not get to the polls if they wait until Tuesday (election day).”

    Young said based on the early voting turnout prior to the November 2008 general election, between 700 and 800 people could show up at the early voting location at Adams Street Community Center today. Hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    “We were open on the snow day (Tuesday) even though the county closed due to weather, and we still had 53 voters,” Young said. “I think it was a good decision. That may have been the only day some of them had to vote.”

    As the polls closed for the day Thursday, Young said 1,395 votes had been cast in the Republican Party primary and 53 had been cast in the Democratic Party primary. The total could top 2,000 by the end of early voting today, she added.