Mauricio Julian Cuellar Jr., Orange Grove Journal

There were 47 ballots cast during the first week of early voting for the state's Constitutional Amendment Election.

There are 16 propositions on the ballot, and a total of $9.7 billion worth of bonds on the table for Jim Wells County voters to consider.

Elections Administrator Pearlie Jo Valadez said the election has gone slow this week, but the numbers so far were pretty good historically for a constitutional election.

There were 35 votes cast last week at the Administrators' office in the Jim Wells County Courthouse.

Another six votes were counted from the Orange Grove City Hall location, and five votes were counted from Premont City Hall.

Valadez also received one ballot from a military service member. That ballot was the only mail-in ballot received so far. There are 25,823 registered voters in Jim Wells County.

"We hope to see the numbers increase through next week, when the people realize how important this election is," Valadez said. "Our concern is that they don't feel it's an important election."

Her office will be open through the lunch hour, and Valadez hopes voters will take advantage of that.