West U early voting sets record

May 2, 2017

The seven-day early voting period is complete and 1,211 residents have cast early ballots for the May 6 West University Place Municipal Election.

This does not include mail-in ballots; 163 mail-in ballot applications were received by the West University Place City Secretary Thelma Gilliam. The returned ballots must be postmarked by May 6 to count. Gilliam says that almost all the mail-in ballots are expected to be returned. About half have already been received.

In 2015, 874 early ballots were cast, and 22 mail-in ballots were received, and 1,076 people voted on election day for a total of 1,972.

The 2017 early ballot number is an almost 40% increase compared to the 2015 number and the 2017 mail-in ballots look like a more than 400% increase over 2015.

The largest number of ballots ever cast in a West University Place Municipal Election was in 1993. The drawing card was a continuous mayor’s race between then-Mayor-Pro-Tem Bob Kelly and the eventual winner Bill Watson. The total number of ballots cast in that election was 4,147.

Election day voting is this Saturday, May 6, from 7am-7pm. All residents vote at West University Place City Hall at 3800 University Blvd.

To view the Sample Ballot for the West University Place General Election, click here.

George Boehme

George Boehme is the publisher of InstantNewsWestU.com and West University Essentials magazine.

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