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Early voting for Saturday’s local election ends Tuesday

05/05/2013 11:06 PM

05/16/2013 5:50 PM

Local voters have two days left to cast their ballots early for Saturday’s local elections.

Thousands of residents have already voted in the election that includes a slew of races ranging from city council seats in Arlington and Fort Worth to school district posts and issues in Arlington, Birdville, Fort Worth, Hurst-Euless-Bedford and many other Tarrant County communities.

“For a May election, we are having a pretty decent turnout,” said Steve Raborn, Tarrant County’s elections administrator. “It’s nothing compared to what we saw in the presidential election, of course. But for this type of election, it seems to be pretty decent.”

And the turnout could easily grow today and Tuesday.

“Typically, we see the highest early voting turnout in the last couple of days,” Raborn said. “Those are also the nights where we stay open the latest.”

Early voting sites are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. today and Tuesday.

Hot-button issues that seem to be driving at least some of the turnout include the Birdville school bond election that would close some schools, and a proposal in Grapevine to impose term limits on elected city officials.

Contested races include Arlington mayor, four City Council seats in Fort Worth and three in Arlington, two Fort Worth school trustee posts and three seats on the Tarrant Regional Water District’s board of directors.

Mail-in ballots must be returned to the elections office by Election Day, Saturday.

Photo identification requirements are still not in effect in Texas because they have not received federal approval. So to vote, take your voter registration certificate, a driver’s license, utility bill or other mail from a governmental entity to the polls.

For more information, call the Tarrant County Elections Center, 817-831-8683.

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