By Philip Jankowski
Killeen Daily Herald
Killeen's early voting numbers have a chance to break records if 208 voters cast ballots on the last day of early voting.
The final count was not available by press time Tuesday; but as of Monday, 1,696 people went to the polls. That's the highest number since 2004, when 1,904 Killeen residents voted early setting the city's record for the largest amount of pre-election day voting since 1990.
Daily voter turnout has varied between 217 people on May 1 to 341 on Thursday.
"It's very encouraging to see the numbers we are seeing so far," said interim city manager Glenn Morrison. "I hope that turnout remains strong for the election."
The high numbers underscore the importance of Killeen's election, with voters selecting more seats than usual because of November's successful recall of five council members. "With the number of positions that are open and the number of candidates that are running, it's no question this is an important decision the voters are making," Morrison said.
Twenty-six candidates are running for three at-large seats, two district seats and mayor. It is the second highest number of candidates in Killeen's history.
The at-large seats will go to the top three vote earners. District seats and mayor do not require a majority vote.
Harker Heights Assistant City Manager Patty Brunson said early voting turnout was typical this year for the city, which had 430 early votes after extended voting hours ended Tuesday.
"I always like to make my last day a 12-hour day to give that last opportunity to come in," she said.
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If you vote
Election Day is Saturday. Polls will be open in all precincts from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. as voters fill municipal and school board seats.
Check Saturday's edition of the Killeen Daily Herald for a list of polling locations.