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Redistricting causes voter problems

Election officials predict low turnout for Texas Primary

SAN ANTONIO - Redistricting has apparently caused confusion at polling locations Tuesday for the Texas Primary.

Some voters are finding out that they went to the wrong place to vote.

At Tobin Library, about half of the people who went to vote on Tuesday morning experienced problems.

"We just went to the wrong place," said Vicki Cox, a voter. "We always vote early here."

"I'm a pretty Internet-saavy kind of person, (but) I just couldn't find out where I was supposed to vote," said Heather MacTavish, a voter.

Election officials hope the problems won't cause many people to give up. Bexar County Elections Administrator Jacque Callanen said she's expecting a low voter turnout due to the election being pushed back two months due to the redistricting legal battle. Another reason voters may stay away from the pools is the fact that the presidential primary races have already been decided.

If early voting is any indication of Tuesday's voter turnout, only 54,000 registered voters in Bexar County voted early compared to more than 108,000 in the presidential primary in 2008.

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

Polls close at 7 p.m.


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