Tommy Mann Jr.
The Orange Leader
With the end of early voting on Friday, all eyes turn to Tuesday as election day arrives.
The 11-day early voting period ended at 5 p.m., Friday, as 20,097 registered voters submitted ballots. The highest daily total was on Tuesday, Oct. 23, when 2,251 local voters submitted ballots at the four early voting locations in Orange County, while the lowest daily total was 1,053 ballots received at the four polling sites on Wednesday, Oct. 31.
Local political party leaders were excited at the record setting turnout by registered voters this election.
“I think the turnout for early voting has been really amazing,” said Zach Johnson, president of the Orange County Republican Party. “It’s great to see the number of people heading to the polls to exercise their right to vote. With around 5,000 votes coming from each of the four commissioner precincts it’s just really exciting.”
Johnson believes a number of factors have weighed heavily on voters and people are using their right to vote in an effort to make their opinion count.
“I believe that Orange County voters are fired up and know that this is an important election for our country, state and county,” Johnson added. “But it’s not just been in Orange County alone. There has been record turnout going on throughout the whole state.”
A total of 818 ballots were submitted on Friday, the final day of early voting, at the Orange Public Library. On Thursday, a total of 465 ballots were tallied at this location. A total of 7063 were submitted by voters at this location during the 11-day early voting period.
At the Raymond Gould Community Center in Vidor, a total of 5,380 ballots have been submitted during the 2012 general election early voting period. This includes 609 ballots on Friday and 369 on Thursday.
A total of 481 ballots were turned in at the Bridge City Public Works building on Friday, while another 215 were counted on Thursday. This brings the early voting total to 3,851 at this location.
The First Baptist Church location in Mauriceville had 214 ballots submitted on Friday, and another 117 ballots on Thursday. The total early voting turnout at the Mauriceville voting location was 2,124
Along with record breaking numbers for the overall early voting period in Orange County and at each voting location, big numbers were also received in the mail at the Orange County Election Administration Office.
A total of 1,575 ballots were received in the mail this election. The military ballot count was higher than usual as well with 59 ballots submitted. A total of 17 ballots from voters outside the United States were received as well, plus a total of 28 limited ballots were turned in to officials.
Election day is from 7 a.m. - 7 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 6.