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04/20/05 - Angelina County

Early Voting Turnout Surprises Election Officials

Bill Shanklin Elections Administrator Bill Shanklin Elections Administrator

by Ramonica R. Jones

Dozens of people cast their ballots Wednesday in Angelina County. They're deciding whether the county should get a unit roads system.

If the plan passes, one person, instead of four commissioners, will be responsible for keeping up all the county roads.

It was a good turnout for the first day of early voting, but not as high as it could be.

Elections administrator, Bill Shanklin, said, "They just don't have the interest, and then, of course, there's always the issue whether or not they understand what the proposition really is."

Voters turning out Wednesday know, no matter what the issue, getting involved and taking action is the only way to improve your community.

"I just moved here about four years ago," said Glenda Leassear. "I reside in the Cedar Grove area and I'm very concerned about the community out there. Anytime I have a problem, I call my commissioner and within 48 to 72 hours, they correct the problem."

By 9:30 Wednesday morning, almost 30 people had voted in Lufkin. That may not sound like a lot, but no matter how few, every vote does count.

May 3rd is the last day of early voting. Election day is May 7th.

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