Early voting for the upcoming general election was brisk in Jim Wells County Monday, according to election officials.
Jim Wells County election administrator Maria Antonia “Tonie” Kuhlman said as of 10 a.m. Monday morning, approximately 100 voters had cast ballots at the courthouse, which is the early voting location for Alice. Moreover, she expects the increase in early voting to continue through next week.
“It’s off to a very good start,” Kuhlman said. “It usually starts off and then goes up. I think we’ll have about 200 to 300 votes a day, and I think it’ll pick up towards the end.”
Early voting will run through Nov. 2. The general election is Nov. 6.
This year’s general election is expected to draw huge interest, both here and statewide, mostly because of the Senate race between Republican Ted Cruz and Democrat Beto O’Rourke.
Locally on the Nov. 6 ballot are contested races for State Representative, District No. 43 and Jim Wells County Justice of the Peace, Pct. 1. Vying for state representative are Republican incumbent J.M. Lozano and Democrat Dee Ann Torres Miller. In the running to fill the Justice of the Peace seat are political newcomers Hector L. Villarreal ad Richard Deleon. Villarreal is the Republican candidate and Deleon is running as a Democrat.
Kuhlman reminds voters that they must be registered to vote and voters must have a valid photo ID, like a driver’s license, to cast a ballot.
The early voting locations and their hours through Nov. 2 are:
• Jim Wells County Courthouse, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, 7 a.m to 7 p.m. Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through next Wednesday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 1 and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 2.
• Orange Grove City Hall, 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m.
• Ben Bolt Fitness Center, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
• Premont City Hall, 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m.
• San Diego Springfield Building, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, 7 a.m to 7 p.m. Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through next Wednesday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 1 and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 2.