Runoff generates yawns, few votes

The runoff election to select a new Big Spring Independent School District trustee is attracting next to no attention from voters so far.With early voting for Saturday's runoff ending today, only 10 ballots have been cast in the runoff, which will select the school district's District 2 trustee.Incumbent Maria Padilla, seeking a fourth term on the board, is facing challenger Pat DeAnda in the election.In the May 12 municipal election, Padilla received almost 40 percent of the vote while DeAnda was named on 37 percent of the ballots. Because neither candidate received a majority at the polls, a runoff election was ordered.Howard County Election Administrator Saundra Bloom said a light turnout was expected, although she remains hopeful more people will head to the polls Saturday.“There were about 100 votes cast in the (May 12) election,” Bloom said. “We're hoping to get close to that number.”Only voters in BSISD District 2 can cast votes in the runoff, which will be the only race on Saturday's ballot.Early voting continues through 5 p.m. today on the third floor of the Howard County Courthouse.Saturday, polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Dorothy Garrett Coliseum.For more information, contact Bloom's office at 264-2273.