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Few use weekend to cast early votes

February 27, 2018 GMT

Early voting turnout over the weekend was dismal in Cameron County as just 391 used Saturday and Sunday to cast an early ballot for the March 6 primary.

According to statistics released by the Cameron County Elections and Voter Registration Office, a total of 4,601 residents have participated in the primary since early voting opened up on Feb. 20.

Early voting ends March 2.

So far, 3,856 Democrats and 745 Republicans have voted early.

Over the weekend, the majority of votes were cast at the Brownsville Public Library on Central Boulevard or at the San BenitoCommunity Center, which has been the case throughout early voting.

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Last week, Elections Administrator Remi Garza said in an email that the number of early votes in this primary is starting to fall behind voter activity during the 2014 Democratic primary.

“I am hopeful that the voters will begin to use the polls located in their communities as an indication that they support the commissions’ decision to provide them the opportunity to vote at their convenience,” Garza said. “It is a shame that with so many eligible that so few participate.”

There are more than 200,000 registered voters in Cameron County, which is a record for the Election and Voter Registration Department.

Poll locations and hours vary by day, so for more information call the Cameron County Elections and Voter Registration Department at (956) 544-0809.

mreagan@brownsvilleherald.com