About 18 percent of the county's 16,139 registered voters arrived at polls Tuesday. That's 2,898.

Texas County Clerk Don Troutman is planning a municipal election Tuesday but he is fearful that not many will participate.

A year ago, only 9 percent bothered to vote; and the tally may be worse this time. The reason? Some entities won’t hold elections because there are no contested races. State election laws allow some entities like schools not to even print a ballot if no race develops.

For some offices, there will be no candidates, and voters should be prepared to cast a write-in vote, he said.

Polls open at 6 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. The county clerk’s office will be open from 8 a.m. until noon Saturday to accommodate absentee balloting.

Follow the election returns at houstonherald.com or the Herald’s information channel seen in cable homes in Houston, Raymondville and Licking.

A sample ballot appears in this week’s Messenger.


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