Early voter turnout in the Sulphur Springs Independent School District bond election has been hot and heavy, already eclipsing the early voting totals from the last bond election.
Through the first three days of the early voting period, which continues through Tuesday, May 5, there have been 634 ballots cast on the $48.4 million bond issue.
“That’s an extremely high number,” said City Secretary Gale Roberts, who is coordinating the early voting.
Four years ago, when voters decided to approve two bond proposals totaling about $12.5 million, only 594 votes were cast in early voting. The numbers were higher in 2004 when a $33.5 million bond proposal was voted down. There were 1,311 early votes in that election.
If the pace of voting in the current election continues, this year’s early voting will eclipse that total by about 160.
Another 410 people have voted in the races for two Sulphur Springs City Council seats. Eight candidates filed to run for the two positions. Three people are running for the Place 1 seat — incumbent Garry Jordan and challengers Craig Johnson and Jordan Horne — while five are in the running for Place 2 — incumbent Clay Walker, and challengers Claude Walter, Bradley Edge, Steve Carmody and Allen Vaughan.
“The school bond election has brought out a lot of people, but having that many candidates running in the City Council election is going to generate a large number of voters, too,” Roberts said.
Early voting in both the SSISD bond and City Council elections is being held at the Sulphur Springs Municipal Building, 125 South Davis St. The polls are open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. although the hours are extended until 7 p.m. today only.
The general election for the school and municipal elections will also be held together on Saturday, May 9, but voting will be at the Sulphur Springs ISD Administration Building, 631 Connally St. The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. that day.
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