By Joyce May and Olga Peña

Killeen Daily Herald

For early voters, today is the last opportunity to cast ballots before election day on Saturday.

Early voting for city councils and school districts began on April 30 and concludes at various times for each polling location today.

In the city of Killeen, about 450 residents have cast their votes for District 1 and District 3 council candidates. On Friday 36 ballots were cast in District 1 and 37 ballots in District 3, and on Monday 137 people voted; 42 voted in District 1, and 35 in District 3.

"The early voting total is running about normal, with the last day being the heaviest," said Killeen City Secretary Paula Miller. "Early voting is important since it allows the voter to determine the best and most convenient time to vote. People are often called out of town suddenly after early voting ends and before election day, and there is no way for them to vote."

This is the first-ever single-member district election, which allows residents to vote only for the candidates who will represent the district in which they live. In the past, all voters could cast ballots for candidates in all wards. City voters chose the new system in the May 7, 2005, election.

Because of the new system, this elections' two unopposed candidates, Juan Rivera, District 2, and Claudia Brown, District 4, will be sworn in after May 12, once the votes are canvassed.

Contested Killeen races include two candidates for District 1, Kenny Wells and Doris Owens, and two candidates for District 3, Harold Butchart and Fred Latham.

School district early voting turnout through Friday was 1,062. The Killeen Independent School District election has three contested races and one unopposed candidate for Place 2, Butch Menking. Place 1 candidates are Shelley Wells and April Noronha. Place 3 candidates are Tom Moore and Joe Maines, and Place 5 candidates are Terry Delano and JoAnn Purser.

In Copperas Cove, residents were given a chance to vote early on the weekend. For the first time, the polls were open on Saturday.

Officials for the Copperas Cove city and school elections reported that many of the more than 50 voters turning out Saturday expressed appreciation for the extra opportunity.

The polls were open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

"Several people thanked us for it," City Election Judge Mary Howell said. "They said they wouldnt be able to vote otherwise."

Howell said she would anticipate a greater turnout for future Saturday early voting with more people being aware that it is an option.

Jim Rudd, director of purchasing and general services for the Copperas Cove Independent School District, reported a good turnout overall for early voting and a good response for Saturdays additional day.

He said historically turnout for local elections ranges from 800 to 850 voters, and with one additional day of early voting remaining, numbers have already exceeded that.

Rudd said he anticipates the school district offering the Saturday early voting in the future based on this years turnout.

In Harker Heights, 455 voters had cast their ballots by Monday and 481 residents voted in the KISD election.

Polling sites


Killeen City Hall, 101 N. College St.

8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Harker Heights

City Hall, 305 Millers Crossing

8 a.m to 5 p.m.


City Hall, 100 N. Main St.

7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Killeen Independent School District

Killeen ISD Central Administration Building, 200 N. W.S. Young Drive,

Killeen City Hall, 101 N. College St.

Killeen Community Center, 2201 E. Veterans Memorial Blvd.

Harker Heights City Hall, 305 Miller's Crossing

Nolanville City Hall, 100 N. Main St.

Copperas Cove Council and school district

City Hall, 507 S. Main St.

7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Also on the ballot: A proposition for residence homestead tax freeze for elderly over 65 or disabled


City Hall, 312 E. 12th St.

7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Lampasas Independent School District

Lampasas ISD Human Resource Building, 207 W. Eighth St.

7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Lampasas High School Library

902 S. Broad St., Lampasas

5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Also on the ballot: A $48.8 million school bond election to build a 1,600-student high school and a new elementary school in Kempner.

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