Killeen received a record-high number of early voters for the May 10 election, with about one-third of early voters using the city’s new Lions Club Park location.
A total of 2,250 registered voters in Killeen cast ballots during early voting, which began April 26 and ended Tuesday, beating the city’s previous early-voting record of 2,096 ballots cast in 2012.
In January, the Killeen City Council approved adding a third early-voting location at senior center to serve residents in the southern portion of the city. It cost the city $2,800 to add the third location. A total of 755 residents cast ballots at Lions Club Park Senior
Center, 1,144 used the Killeen Community Center site and 351 voted at City Hall.
“Opening a southern early-voting location was a convenience the city was able to offer the many voters who live and work in that part of town,” said Hilary Shine, city spokeswoman. “About one-third of the early voters utilized that location, so we think it was very successful.”
Shine said the magnitude of the election and what’s on the ballot can be attributed to having a record-setting turnout.
“The large city elections are usually the highest voter turnout,” she said. “Early voters were also coming to cast ballots in the school board election this year.”
It also was rumored Tuesday evening that the Killeen Community Center closed during early-voting hours for a period of time and then reopened. Shine said that is untrue. “We have verified with the election judges and the employees who work in the building that the building was open and early voting was occurring from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. (Tuesday),” she said.
Shine said multiple people work each location, including an election judge, an alternate judge and two clerks.
“All of whom were present (Tuesday),” she said.
Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday.