Killeen resident, Shelia Brooks, leaves the Lions Club Senior Center after voting on Wednesday afternoon.

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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.

Contact Natalie Stewart at or 254-501-7555

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Voters should be aware that mayoral candidate Scott Cosper was recalled when he served as Killeen's Mayor Pro Tem for meeting behind closed doors and voting to pay Connie Green an extra quarter million dollars above the payout amount in his contract (paying him $750,000 instead of $500,000)? When Cosper met behind closed doors and voted to pay Mr. Green the extra money (to buy Mr. Green's silence), he and the others involved - who also met behind closed doors (City Attorney Kathy Davis, Asst. City Mgr. Glenn Morrison, and Public Information Director Hilary Shine) knew that approving this extra payout without the required budget amendment was wrong, against the law and in violation of the charter, but did it anyway - to protect themselves (putting their own needs before those of the public).

This decision should have gone before the public. That extra $250,000 shouldn't have been relinquished without the public being provided the information and approving the extra payout. Is there a reason they couldn't justify the extra payout to the public , but could only talk about it behind closed doors - with the individuals aware of the need to silence Mr. Green? Is there information they didn't want the public to know? They took it upon themselves - and gave away an extra $250,000 of the city's funds, resulting in the recall of Mayor Pro Tem Scott Cosper.

Is this the kind of person we want as Mayor of Killeen? Is this the kind of behavior we want to reward - someone who does not stand up for what is right - someone who'll overlook the continued wrongdoings of the people he's already supported in committing those wrongdoings?

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