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Most Tarrant County voters don’t seem interested in next week’s election

Early voting was heavy for last year’s presidential election. But this November? Not so much.
Early voting was heavy for last year’s presidential election. But this November? Not so much. Star-Telegram archives

Less than one percent of Tarrant County’s estimated 1.1 million registered voters have voted early in person for the Nov. 7 elections, which include seven constitutional amendments and a Fort Worth school district bond package worth $750 million.

Tarrant County early voting tallies indicated that 7,630 people had cast ballots in person as of Sunday. Another 2,616 absentee ballots had been returned via mail to Tarrant County’s elections department, as of Saturday.

Stephen Vickers, Tarrant County’s elections administrator, said early voters don’t typically show up in same large numbers during odd-year elections compared even-year elections that have presidential or gubernatorial races on the ballots.

Last year, when Donald Trump was taking on Hillary Clinton for president, 482,172 votes were cast during early voting in Tarrant County.

In 2015, another off year, there were 38,655 votes cast.

Vickers said early voting, which ends Friday, typically picks up as the window to cast early ballots draws near.

Voters across Tarrant County will weigh in on seven constitutional amendments addressing issues ranging from tax exemption for spouses of first responders killed while on duty to raffles at professional sporting events. Voters in nearly a dozen community will vote on an array of issues, including whethre Euless should allow liquor stores and whether the Fort Worth school district should borrow $750 million for campus improvements.

Aledo and Eagle Mountain-Saginaw school district are also holding bond elections.

This report contains material from the Star-Telegram archives.

Diane A. Smith: 817-390-7675, @dianeasmith1

About $53 million would pay for improvements at Arlington Heights High School for programs like jewelry making classes and the agricultural program.