WilCo early voters shatter records at the polls

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By MIKE EDDLEMAN
Managing Editor
The long-awaited 2020 Election Day decisions – from the Presidency all the way down the ballot to local City and School Board races – will be decided Tuesday.

Voters in Williamson County have already eclipsed the previous record for early voting, and even smashed the 2016 election vote total by nearly 60,000 ballots.

In early voting, 263,020 ballots were cast in this year’s extended early voting window, with 11,061 at the Liberty Hill location. Voter turnout was 69.78 percent.

In the 2016 General Election the county had 205,862 total votes including Election Day.

For the 100,000 registered voters who have not voted early, polls will be open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday with polling sites open at the Liberty Hill Municipal Court building, 2801 RR 1869; Liberty Hill High School; and the Santa Rita Ranch House, 175 Elizabeth Park Road.

There will be 57 voting locations throughout the county on Election Day and voters can cast their ballot at any of those sites. The full list can be found online at Williamson County Elections Department, www.wilco.org.

The county has more than 370,000 registered voters heading into this election, more than 10 percent more than for the 2018 contest.

In 2018, there were 336,148 registered voters in the county for the November election with a 62.25 percent turnout. In the last presidential election in 2016, there were 306,811 registered voters and a 67.1 percent turnout.

The ballot includes federal races including the contest for the presidency, all the way down to local races for Liberty Hill Mayor and Liberty Hill ISD Board of Trustees.

Incumbent Mayor Rick Hall is being challenged by former City Council member Liz Branigan in the lone race for the City, while there are two races for LHISD Board of Trustees. Three candidates – Antonio Canas, Kendall Carter and Dana Munguia – are looking for the opportunity to occupy the Place 2 LHISD seat vacated by Clay Cole who chose not to seek reelection. In Place 1, Board President Clint Stephenson is being challenged by Terry Smith.

Also on the ballot is a measure to decide whether City Council terms should be extended to three years. If passed, the extended term limits will not go into effect until the next City election in May.
Sample ballots can be found on the County’s website.

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