Early voting period winding down

With two days to go, the latest available early voting figures for Howard County indicate a little more than 100 people a day have cast ballots in the Big Spring municipal electionsEarly voting in all of the elections continues Monday and Tuesday on the first floor of the Howard County Courthouse, with election day taking place Saturday, May 11.“We've got two days left in the early voting period and we want to encourage everyone who can to get out and vote,” said Saundra Bloom, elections administrator.Three names are on the ballot for the Big Spring mayor's race — Manuel Ramirez Jr., Larry McLellan and Roger Rodman. Ramirez actually withdrew from the race in April, but not soon enough to have his name taken off the ballot.Through Thursday, 441 votes had been cast in the race, which is open to all registered voters within the Big Spring city limits.Some 116 votes had been cast in the District 5 City Council race, which features Raul Benavides, Clint Collins and J.D. Smith. Voters must reside within the District 5 boundaries to cast a ballot in that race.Interest has been low in the Coahoma Independent School District board of trustees race. As of late Thursday, just nine votes had been cast in an election which is pitting incumbents Michael Brooks and Craig Ferguson against challenger Rory Gammons in a bid for two at-large spots.Voting was stronger at the courthouse for residents marching in from the Forsan area, where a school bond election, board election and a council election are being held.The big draw is, of course, the $23.8 million bond issue, which includes constructing an elementary school in Forsan to replace the aging one in nearby Elbow, along with other facilities improvements. Also, FISD trustee incumbents Tom Bill Kuykendall and Chris Evens are going up against Joanne Sayles and Todd Still for two at-large seats on the school board. Some 154 votes had been cast in those combined elections. In the Forsan city election, incumbents Raymond Holguin, Fred Holguin and Mary Gressett are seeking re-election and are being challenged by Rick Ebert and Tracy Carey. Voters will whittle that number down to fill two at-large positions. Some 23 votes had been cast as of late Thursday.Voting Monday and Tuesday at the courthouse will be from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., and includes all of the aforementioned races.“In addition, we'll have branch voting from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Forsan High School,” Bloom reminded.Voting on election day will take place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at various locations in the county. The Herald will publish that information following early voting.Early voting at the courthouse is on the first floor in the area once occupied by the Howard County Sheriff's Office. For questions about the elections, contact Bloom at 264-2273