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Wilson County reports high early-voting turnout
While it was not clear at press time Monday, Nov. 5, whether the nation will have four more years of President Barack Obama, or if America decided to elect Mitt Romney, it was clear that Wilson County’s voters turned up in droves to cast ballots during the 11-day early-voting period that ran from Oct. 22 to Nov. 2.
According to Wilson County Elections Office officials, almost 35 percent of the county’s 27,766 registered voters cast ballots by personal appearance prior to Election Day Tuesday, Nov. 6. Rose Pruski of the elections office reported that 9,622 ballots were cast.
This year’s turnout is considerably higher than the totals in both the 2008 and 2004 presidential elections. In 2008, when Obama faced off against John McCain, just 7,294 of the county’s then-26,793 registered voters -- approximately 27.2 percent -- cast early ballots by personal appearance. In 2004, when former President George W. Bush won re-election against John Kerry, slightly more than 24 percent -- 5,800 of the county’s 24,077 registered voters -- voted early.
Floresville City Hall, the polling place for both the Floresville Independent School District (ISD) and Floresville municipal elections, saw a smaller percentage of early-voting traffic. Floresville ISD election officials reported that just 155 of 2,033 registered voters cast early ballots in the race for Single Member District 1.
Floresville election officials reported that 1,008 of the city’s 4,082 registered voters decided to vote early.
Visit www.wilsoncountynews.com for day-by-day early-voting totals and election night returns.
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