Voters back at polls again

Primary voting begins days after local elections

Author: Charles Gonzalez, Reporter, Anchor, cgonzalez@ksat.com
Published On: May 16 2012 05:43:29 PM CDT   Updated On: May 16 2012 08:09:15 PM CDT
SAN ANTONIO -

It's nearly impossible to drive by any of the 29 early voting sites across Bexar county and not be reminded that sites that closed just days ago are re-open for the 2012 Primary elections.

"I think everybody knows when this election is," said Jo Canter, who cast her ballot at Lion's Field by Brackenridge Park Wednesday afternoon. "I think that's been well publicized."

Whether it's the dozens of signs that have sprung up like wildflowers or auto dial phone campaigning, the word is getting out about the primary which was delayed nearly two months because of the redistricting battle.

"That absolutely does have an effect," said Bexar County Elections Administrator Jackie Callanen, adding that early voting numbers aren't too far off from a typical primary.  

"We're matching it against the 2010 primary and by the time we ended Tuesday we had 7,300 votes cast," she said. "I think if we end somewhere between 45,000 and 55,000, we'll be just where we need to be."

"My guess is voting can always be an inconvenience for some people, having to change work schedules, stuff like that so having it back to back I'm sure was an inconvenience for some people but I still hope they'll come out and vote because it's important," said Jeff Gifford, who voted in the municipal and primary elections over the last few weeks.

"I think any time we get to vote, early or late, it's good for everyone," added Richard Neely, who also voted at Lion's Field Wednesday afternoon.

In addition to the delay, the county had just a few weeks to get new voter registration cards edited for the the 343,000 who are now in new districts. 

Callanen said voters should take a look on their cards which will indicate whether their district has changed.