NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Voting boxes are loaded up for delivery to precinct voting sites throughout Nacogdoches County.
The routine is one Todd Stallings has been a part of for 12 years. This year he carries the title of designated election administrator following the retirement of Debra Gaston.
"I just quickly had to make the adjustment," Stallings said.
One of the things that required quick adjustment was the record number of early voters who showed up on Friday.
"To my knowledge it is the biggest day of early voting we've ever had for a primary," Stallings said. "We had 1,310 people."
Overall, about 5,000 Nacogdoches County residents participated in early voting. Those votes will be the first to be counted tomorrow night.
As like most of East Texas, the county is predominantly red.
"Out of the 5,000 who voted about 4,000 were Republican this time and 1,000 were Democratic," Stallings said.
That number still represents growth for Nacogdoches County Democrats, so they're not discouraged. It's the only headquarters open and at this hour workers gather to get out candidate signs to the polling locations.
"Polls will be open from 7 to 7. We're not having voting at the courthouse annex. You need to go to your election day polling place," Stallings said.
Election analysts point out Texas is extremely important to candidates wanting to win delegates. Every region of the state can determine their success.
The election process is far from over.
Nacogdoches County will release Early Voting results first. Over the years workers have learned counting goes faster if tallies aren't released until the grand total is reached. Stalling's prediction is that should happen around 9:30 Super Tuesday. We'll have it on ktre.com as soon as it happens.