Tommy Mann Jr.
The Orange Leader
The November general election may just be a record breaker.
According to Tina Barrow, Orange County Election Administrator, early voting figures have smashed previous voting figures and continue to be on record pace.
A total of 2,066 votes were tallied on Wednesday, down slightly from the 2,353 submitted on Tuesday, Oct. 23. A total of 3,248 votes were submitted in person and through the U.S. mail on Monday, Oct. 22, which brings the three day early voting total to 7,667.
“It’s been a record turnout already,” Barrow said on Wednesday afternoon. “There’s no doubt about it. We had 1,494 people vote in person on the first day of early voting in the 2008 general election, and we surpassed that by 47 percent this past Monday, which was the first day of early voting for this election.”
Barrow said record turnout is also producing unexpected, but not uncontrollable issues for her office and at the early voting locations.
“We have already ordered extra ballots and extra supplies, and we have even brought in extra people to help in our office,” she added. “We are being flooded with phone calls about this election.
“And the early voting locations are so busy. People are having to wait in line, so they are going to have to be patient because there are so many people trying to vote early,” Barrow continued. “But we’re really happy with the turnout. I’m really pleased to see so many people coming out to vote.”
A total of 718 ballots were submitted on Wednesday, while 827 were received on Tuesday at the Orange Public Library, which is the busiest early voting location in Orange County.
A total of 616 ballots were submitted Wednesday at the Raymond Gould Community Center in Vidor, while 621 were tallied on Tuesday. The early voting location in Bridge City, which is the Public Works building, had 392 voters submit ballots on Wednesday and 520 on Tuesday, while the First Baptist Church in Mauriceville had 257 ballots submitted Wednesday and 283 on Tuesday.
Ballots being received at the Orange County Election Administration office through the U.S. mail have decreased considerably since the first day of early voting, as 91 were received on Tuesday and 81 on Wednesday.
No Military votes were received on Wednesday, and only six were received Tuesday. No votes were submitted by local residents who are currently out of the country on Wednesday, while 3 were received on Tuesday.
Two limited ballots were received each day on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Along with the highly contested race for U.S. President, five locally contested races are also generating a significant turnout at the polls this week, as voters help decide races for seats on Orange County Commissioners Court, Orange County Constable and Orange County Court at Law.
Early voting continues from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., today, Thursday, Oct. 25 through Saturday, Oct. 27, and Monday, Oct. 29 through Friday, Nov. 2. Election day is Tuesday, Nov. 6.