High Early Voter Turn-Out

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The Brazos County Clerk's office has reported what they call a high total for the first day of early voting.

638 people turned out Monday to vote in the 2006 general election.
The county clerk's office did not have a record of how many people voted per day in the last gubernatorial election in 2002, but did say in total 18,000 people voted early.

"There were people at the polls at 8 a.m. and I've been to all five early vote spots and they've been voting at all of them," Brazos County Clerk Karen McQueen said.

Early voting for the 2006 general election started Monday and runs through November 3, and candidates were out in full force encouraging citizens to make their voices heard.

"It's really important for everyone to go out and vote," District 17 republican candidate Van Taylor said. "You can start voting at a couple different places in the Brazos County."

Governor Rick Perry joined Taylor in College Station.
Perry, who's up for re-election, has thrown his support behind the fellow republican.

At Texas A&M, students rallied behind Taylor's opponent, Democrat and District 17 incumbent Chet Edwards.

"Voting is the way that we express our vote in our democracy and the more people vote the less narrow special interest have control of decisions made in congress," Congressman Chet Edwards said.

Experts forecast this year early voting totals will be higher.

"If it's busy the first day, it will be busy the rest of the two weeks," McQueen said. "So if this is any indication then it will be pretty steady the whole time."

In Bryan you can vote early at the Brazos County Courthouse, Arena Hall, and Galilee Baptist Church.

In College Station, early voting will take place at the Lincoln Center and at the MSC on the Texas A&M University campus.

Times vary depending on the day. Sites will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., October 23-27, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, October 28, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, October 29, and from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. October 30 through November 3.

Election Day is Tuesday, November 7.