2008-10-24 / Front Page

Early voting begins smoothly

PHOTO BY GABE WOLF Overall, early voting totals have increased slightly compared to the 2004 election. Three days into early voting, ballots cast by personal appearance had increased slightly compared to the 2004 election, while ballots by mail and federal postcard applications had tripled.

By the end of Wednesday, 1,425 Lampasas County voters had cast a ballot, with 494 voting on Monday and 530 making their selections Tuesday -- when polls at the county elections administrator office at 412 S. Live Oak St. were open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Election workers received 426 ballots by mail as of Wednesday morning and 226 federal postcard applications, primarily from military personnel, by the same time.

"Considering how many people we've had it's gone well," Elections Administrator Dorothy Person said.

The biggest challenge, she said, has been entering postcard and ballot-bymail voters into a database, but election workers said most voters seem comfortable with the electronic voting machines available at the polling place.

"I'm a straight party voter, so it goes pretty quick," Jack Hart said after he voted Wednesday morning.

Hart said he typically votes early to avoid election-day crowds.

"Even in a small town it can get crowded sometimes" on election day, he said.

Denise Momberg, who said she usually votes early, said she passed through the voting line without any complications.

"No, I went right through," she said. "They're organized."

The elections administrator office will be open for early voting from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, although polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday.

"We would encourage people to come in during early voting," Ms. Person said. "They have more choices of times then."

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