Official Warns of Long November Election Lines

Nueces County's top elections administrator is urging voters to study the candidates and the issues before heading to the polls.

Elections Administrator Diana Barrera said if that doesn't happen, expect long lines on election day because of this year's extra-long ballot.

Early voting is definitely going to be the way to go this year, because there are so many candidates and issues for voters to try and sift through.

Barrera said her staff has been busy getting ready for the Nov. 6 presidential election. Of course, there are going to be federal, state, county and school candidates on the ballot. The city is also part of this big election, as the mayor's job and council seats are all up for grabs.

Plus, there's a number of lengthy bond propositions on the ballot that could help to keep people in the voting booth for quite sometime.

"It's going to create more lines," Barrera said. "The potential for more lines are there so I would encourage you all to vote during the early voting period. I think it's easier to see a voting site nearby, just stop and vote at that time, when you have a little bit of time on your hands, so that way, on election day, you won't be standing in long lines."

During the May elections, there were only 19,000 people who voted here throughout the county. Now, for the Nov. 6 election, we could see over 100,000 people voting.

The last presidential election in 2008 had 104,000 people vote. That was over 52-percent of the registered voters.

Early voting begins on Oct. 22. Your sample precinct ballots for the November election are already posted on the county election site, so you can become familiar with the candidates and issues you will be deciding on, before you get into the voting booth.


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