Early voting numbers skyrocket
By MIKE EDDLEMAN
The periodic lines snaking out of the front door of the Liberty Hill Municipal Court are a daily reminder that early voting numbers are setting Williamson County records for the Nov. 3 General Election.
Through the first eight of 18 days of early voting, Williamson County has tallied 136,817 ballots, nearly 1,000 more early votes than were cast in 2016 total.
Liberty Hill, which has historically only had a couple of days of early voting, has seen 6,681 vote in town.
While the Liberty Hill totals could include out of town voters, and a variety of voters who live within the city limits and outside, the more than 6,000 votes cast in town have already eclipsed any local voter turnout totals aside from the 2018 LHISD bond election, which totaled 7,665.
The 2019 City election garnered 120 votes and the LHISD Board election totaled 383 votes.
Early voting ends Oct. 30 with polls open daily 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., except Sundays when they are open 1-6 p.m. There are 19 early voting locations across the county, including the Liberty Hill Municipal Court building at 2801 RR 1869. All early voting, as well as election day polling locations can be found on the Williamson County Elections Department website at wilco.org.
The County has more than 376,931 registered voters heading into this election, more than 10 percent more than for the 2018 contest, and the turnout to date represents 36.43 percent of all registered voters.
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.
Also on the ballot for Liberty Hill city voters is a measure to decide whether City Council terms should be extended to three years or remain at two years. For voters in the city limits, there are 24 races or measures to be decided.