(Seguin) -- Today is election day. Voters will be deciding party nominations during today's Republican and Democratic primary elections.
Guadalupe County Elections Administrator Lisa Adam says thanks to the county's proactive approach in helping get people to the polls, voter convenience will again be among the features available for today's election. She says thanks to Vote Centers, registered voters in Guadalupe County will again be able to cast a ballot wherever a poll location is available. She says they no longer have to visit their normal voting location or know what precinct they live in to cast a ballot. She says Guadalupe County is among the limited counties in the state approved for this pilot program.
"Because the county has gone to Vote Centers, voters can vote at any one of our 34 election day voting locations. As long as they're registered to vote in Guadalupe County and they're voting at a Guadalupe County location, they have 34 locations to choose from. We're trying to make it as easy as possible. We want them to come out and vote," said Adam.
Adam also reminds voters that because it's a Republican and Democratic Primary, individuals will be asked to choose a ballot before casting their ballot.
"When they do come out to the polls. It's important to know this is a primary election. So that means when they check in to vote, they're going to be asked to choose a Democratic ballot or a Republican ballot. Those are the two options for this election because it is a party primary. Some voters are often concerned about having to choose. That's the way the law is written and unfortunately, that's the way the law is written and we have to abide by that and they have to pick. That's important to know. They're free to come and get sample ballots today. The polls will have sample ballots available. They're available on our website -- anything they need to do to prepare, so that they see what they're expecting on their ballot, we recommend it. In November, all the parties will be on the ballot. This is just determining which candidate from which parties will be on November's ballot or in the case that they may be potentially in the run off. This is a deciding election, as far as who moves forward to November. November will be all the parties. The voters can cross party lines anyway that they'd like to, but this is what decides who goes forward to November," said Adam.
Adam says the last day of early voting on Friday pulled in the largest number of voters during the two week period. Adam says she hopes the new convenience of Vote Centers will help draw even more people to the polls.
"There was 602 voters in this (Seguin Elections) office on the last day of early voting. We had 653 in our Schertz office. So in total, we had 1,580 on the last day of early voting. For the two weeks of early voting, we had 4,762, not including mail ballots. That's a nice chunk of voters. The last couple of days, we increased incrementally as the week went on. We almost doubled Friday (of) what we had done Thursday. So it's 96,000 (total registered Guadalupe County voters), but I think at the registration deadline, it was 95,717. When you look at it that way, it's like holy cow! We plan a party for 96,000 people (and) they don't all come," said Adam.
While both Republican and Democratic ballots will be available, Guadalupe County residents are reminded that all locally contested races appear on the Republican ballot. Both ballots, however, include state wide races for positions such as governor and lieutenant governor. They also include several propositions. Party officials say primary votes on nonbinding ballot propositions are a chance to share a voter's input on what ultimately makes it into the official state platform for each respective political party.
Locally contested races, again, appear on the Republican ballot and include the campaigns for District Clerk, Court Court-at-Law Judge; County Treasurer, County Commissioner Pct. 2 and Pct. 4 and Justice of the Peace Pct. 2 and 3.
Polls will be open today from 7 a.m to 7 p.m. Seguin Radio KWED will have live election coverage beginning at 7:05 p.m. Today's election coverage is made possible thanks to Gift & Gourmet. You can listen to results on AM 1580 KWED or at seguintoday.com.