2013-10-30 / Front Page

Early voting for special elections ends Friday

BY TONY VINDELL
Reporter

Early voting for three Nov. 5 special elections ends Friday, Nov. 1.

A total of 343 votes were cast at the end of Tuesday, or during the first seven days of the early voting period that began Monday, Oct. 21.

In the city of Raymondville, voters cast their ballots for or against a “local option liquor election” to legalize the sale of liquor.

The sale of hard liquor has been prohibited inside city limits for many years, but beer and wine can be purchased in supermarkets and in less than a handful bars.

Supporters of the initiative believe liquor sales could boost the city’s sales tax rebates and could help some businesses retain and attract more customers.

“We are for economic growth,” said Chris Tamez, whose family was instrumental in gathering enough signatures to place the liquor election on the Nov. 4 ballot. “Do we want to become a ghost town? I don’t think so!”

Others said is time for Raymondville to wake up and keep more taxpayers’ money here.

But opponents of the liquor election said making more booze available to local residents will illicit result in increased crime rates and other activities.

In the county, voters are casting their ballots foror against the creation of a county assistance district in the unincorporated areas of the county in Precincts 1, 2, 3 and 4.

The idea of creating such a district for the purpose of financing projects county wide was discussed during a meeting early this year with the commissioners’ court.

Sally Velasquez, a county consultant, she said the county could imposed a local sales and use tax not to exceed 2 cents per $1 on purchases made in the rural areas.

She estimated that could bring $22,000 in revenues to the county in a year.

The third election will be for nine constitutional amendments.

The only voting poll for early voting is at Reber Memorial Library Annex Building at 193 N. Fourth Street and it will stay open until 5 p.m. today and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday.

On Tuesday, Nov., 5, which is Election Day, voters will cast their ballots from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the nine usual designated polling places.

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