Late Texas primary expected to draw so-so turnout

Bexar elections admi­nistrator expects 30,0­00-45,000 to vote Tuesday

SAN ANTONIO - Though the Bexar County Elections Office was mostly dark on the Memorial Day holiday, a handful of workers was holed up in a back room doing a little office paperwork. 

They were tabulating 6,000 mail-in ballots.

"It's a holiday, but not in elections, not this year," said Bexar County Elections Administrator Jacque Callanen.

This year is different: 43 states have already voted in the presidential primary and the field is set. 

That may be one reason, according to Callanen, that about 54,000 voters cast early ballots this time around, less than half of the early vote in the 2008 presidential primary when more than 133,000 people cast early votes.

As for Tuesday, Callanen expected 30,000 to 45,000 voters to cast ballots in Bexar County.

"We would love nothing better than to be north of 100,000 voters ( total)," she said. "That's what we're hoping for."

Callanen said early voting picked up on the last two days, but attributed the overall ho-hum numbers to bad timing.

"We had the court order and redistricting, just finished the spring elections," she said. "I think that has a lot to do with turnout."

Even though the party ballots have more than 50 offices up for grabs, from U.S. Senate to constable, a street poll found few voters in the mood.

Most questioned said they had little to no interest in voting Tuesday.

"Being a mom and summer coming up and working,  I hate to say it, but, no, not a whole lot," said Meredith Clark.

Interest and dedication to watching the Spurs game Tuesday was more passionate than interest in voting.

However, voter Diana Falcon said she would definitely cast her ballot on Election Day.

"I did receive my voter registration card, so I'm ready," she said.

Elections workers will have to get up extra eary  Tuesday to be ready. 

Normally, they set up the 600 polling sites the day before.  But, because of the Memorial Day holiday, many of the polling sites like schools and libraries, were locked up tight.

Polls open at 7 a.m. Tuesday.


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