Wichita Falls, TX -
Time is running out for those who want to cast their ballots ahead of the May 9 election. Early voting ends Tuesday night in Wichita Falls.
Tracy Norr, Wichita Falls City Clerk said early voting turnout has been good so far. As of Monday night, more than 3,000 voters cast their ballots. This does not include absentee voters.
There are more than 54,000 registered voters in Wichita Falls and of those voters about 5-percent have turned out to vote.
Norr said around four percent turnout in citywide elections is not uncommon. She said those numbers could be higher. One of the things she said the city has been trying to do to increase voter turnout is by expanding its services.
"This year the city was able to open two additional early voting locations, which helps get additional turnout. In the past, we were only able to use memorial auditorium, but because we were able to use additional county equipment were able to provide that," said Norr.
According to early voting numbers, Home depot and Sikes Senter Mall, the two new early voting locations have garnered more voters than Memorial Auditorium every day early voting has been open.
The city clerk she said she is optimistic that on election day more people will come out and vote at their regular voting location. She also said being that it is a bond election, that may also contribute to an increase in voter turnout.
What's on the ballot in Wichita Falls?
Councilor At Large
Michael L. Smith - Incumbent
Councilor District 1
Stephen L. Santellana
Councilor District 2
DeAndra M. Chenault
The only incumbent on the ballot, Councilor at Large, Mike Smith. Councilors Ben Hoover and Annetta Pope-Dotson decided not to seek re-election.
WFISD $59K Bond Proposal
The Wichita Falls Independent School District is also seeking the approval of its $59.5 million dollar bond that will fund a new Technical Education Center and other upgrades across the district.
- More than $35 million going towards CTE Center
- About $25 million for renovations and additions at Barwise, Kirby and McNeil Junior High Schools
- $5 million towards security and classroom techonology upgrades
- $1.75 million to repair Memorial Stadium parking lot
City Proposition Seeks To Sell Surplus Property
The lone proposition on the ballot seeks to get residents permission to sell a portion of surplus property owned by the city. The property is the Wooden Memorial park along Miller Road and Fire Station No. 8.
Early Voting Times & Locations
Election Day is Saturday May 9, but you still have until Tuesday night to avoid election day crowds. There are several places you can go to cast your vote: Municipal Auditorium, Sikes Senter Mall or Home Depot from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
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