Mauricio Julian Cuellar Jr., Alice Echo-News 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 this 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 opportunity.

Early voting will take place through Friday, Nov. 2, for Jim Wells County registered voters.

There are three voting locations during early elections, Orange Grove City Hall, Premont City Hall and the Elections Administrator's officer in the Jim Wells County Courthouse.

Oct. 30 will be the last day to apply for mail-in ballots. Mail in ballots will be accepted up until the day of the election, when the last mail is passed out at the post office.

Voters need to bring a form of identification with them to the polling location, such as their voter registration card, or at least a valid driver's license or picture ID, Valadez said.

The early voting hours in Orange Grove and Premont will be from 9a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 1 to 4 p.m. Polls will be open at the JWC Courthouse from 9 a.m. through 5 p.m.