Early voting totals surpass 1,300 ballots

Halfway through early voting at the Gillespie County Courthouse, residents have been “streaming in” to cast their ballots preceding the March 4 political primary elections.

Two ballots, one Republican and the other Democratic, will be available through Friday, Feb. 28, on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. for qualified Gillespie County voters in the county commissioners’ courtroom.

Mail-in balloting concluded on Friday, Feb. 21.

Gillespie County Clerk Mary Lynn Rusche, who also is on this year’s ballot, said special weekend voting held Saturday and Sunday had “pretty good turnout. It helps a lot of the people who work during the week to get a chance to vote.”

As of Monday evening, 543 mail-in ballots and 792 in-person voters have cast their ballots in Republican primaries, while the Democratic primaries saw 27 mail-in ballots and 69 in-person voters.

While Tuesday voting numbers were not available as of press time, Rusche said that over 150 voters had come into the courthouse to make their selections before 2 p.m.

Weekend numbers were high as 52 Republicans and four Democrats voted on Saturday, with an additional 40 Republicans and one Democrat casting their ballots on Sunday.

Top primary vote recipients will be their party nominees in the 2014 general election, scheduled later this year on Nov. 4.

Much of the focus will be on the Republican candidates for local offices, though most are running unopposed in the primary. Running for re-election will be the following incumbents: County Judge Mark Stroeher, County Clerk Mary Lynn Rusche, District Clerk Jan Davis, County Treasurer Laura Lundquist and County Surveyor Carey Bonn.

Also on the ballot are incumbent County Commissioners Billy Roeder, Pct. 2, and Donnie Schuch, Pct. 4.

Carl E. Schoessow has filed for re-election as Justice of the Peace, Pct. 2. 

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