Gregg County officials impressed with early voter turnout

Gregg County officials impressed with early voter turnout
Alexandra Carter

POSTED: Tuesday, April 29, 2014 - 5:34pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, April 29, 2014 - 5:44pm

Early voting is underway in Gregg County. Residents of several cities have many big issues to vote on and officials say, so far turn out is higher than ever.

85 voters showed up Monday to cast their votes in the Pine Tree School Board Place 6 election, nearly double the amount of voters on the first day last year.

Longview residents are also voting on City Council Place 6.

Kilgore voters have an array of issues to vote on including: three city council spots and the legal sale of mixed beverages in restaurants.

71 people got an early start in the Gladewater city elections, that ballot includes a mayor's race. 103 people voted in the school bond election to consider a $35 million dollar bond package. Superintendent J.P. Richardson says he's pleased with the high turnout.

" Over my six years i've been here..that's been the highest turnout on the first day election of any type.. I'm very excited about that." 

 212 White Oak voters also voted on a mayor and a $25 million dollar bond package for the school district. Superintendent Michael Gilbert says he's impressed with the community involvement. 

" In other years we might see somewhere between 40 and 60 on the first day of this is much higher. The thing that we want most in this bond referendum is for people to have a voice and for us to do what the will of the people is and for that to happen we need a high voter turn we're real encouraged about the first day." 

 Early voting continues until next Tuesday, Election Day is May 10th.


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