Election Day 2016 is rapidly approaching as many local residents participate in early voting. The stakes are high for this election since the two leading presidential candidates, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, are generally considered to be divisive.
Janis Holt, VP of Campaign Activities for Texas Federation of Republican Women, said she believes the voter turnout will be similar to the election of 2008; when President Barack Obama and John McCain were the candidates. Holt says the voter turnout was huge that year. “I believe there is a whole groundswell of people who have never voted before and they float under the radar; are not tracked or polled. They are fed up with politics as usual,” she said. Holt is serving as a Deputy Registrar this year. She has signed up a few people who have moved as well as some brand new voters. Holt says these new voters include a 57-year-old grandmother who has never voted; she said she never felt the need until now.
Early voting started on Monday, October 24 and will end on Friday, November 4. The Hardin County Courthouse will be open for voting 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. weekdays. Weekend voting at the Hardin County Courthouse will be Saturday, October 29 and Sunday, October 30, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Branch early voting will take place at the following locations:
First Assembly of God Church – Silsbee Thursday, October 27 and Friday, October 28. 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Lumberton City Hall – Monday, October 31 and Tuesday, November 1. 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Sour Lake Community Center – Wednesday, November 2 and Thursday, November 3. 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
All voters must bring a photo ID.