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November 2, 2011

Vidor voting numbers surge

VIDOR — Early voting numbers are soaring once again after a low turnout on Monday.

A total of 1,013 voters have submitted ballots in person at the early voting sites and through the mail, after eight days of the early voting period. Early voting ends Friday.

Activity was brisk at the Raymond Gould Community Center in Vidor on Wednesday, as 106 more registered voters submitted ballots. One was submitted at First Baptist Church in Mauriceville, and one was received in the mail for a total of 108 ballots tallied Wednesday in the Vidor Local Option Election, which will decide if alcoholic beverages can be sold at Vidor convenience stores and grocery stores, along with mixed beverages in restaurants.

On Tuesday, as 134 more registered voters submitted ballots and four were received in the mail for a total of 138 ballots on Tuesday. Both of these totals surpassed Monday’s total of 55, the lowest by far during the early voting process.

Voters have the option of voting for or against a measure which will allow the legal sale of beer and wine in the city limits of Vidor. Alcohol is already sold within the city limits of Vidor, but in extreme South Vidor which happens to be in Precinct 3 of Orange County. Precinct 4 is considered to be “dry.”

This local option election would potentially turn only the city of Vidor itself, not precinct 4, into a “wet” area.

According to Tina Barrow, Orange County Elections Administrator, approximately 5,800 registered voters live in the Vidor city limits. The grand total of 1,013 ballots submitted means approximately 17.4 percent of registered voters have participated in early voting.

“This has been a good election, as far as voter turnout goes,” Barrow said. “Most elections have less than 10 percent voter turnout. The strong turnout in Vidor has also helped with the constitutional amendment election figures as well.”

Ten constitutional amendments for the State of Texas are also on the November general election ballot. A total of 1,797 ballots have been submitted through Wednesday.

Early voting continues from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday and Friday. Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 8.

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