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Democratic, GOP parties of Nacogdoches County preparing for Election Day

Pat Castella, a Democratic Party volunteer, provides instructions to a poll watcher. (Source: KTRE Staff) Pat Castella, a Democratic Party volunteer, provides instructions to a poll watcher. (Source: KTRE Staff)
The Nacogdoches Republican Headquarters closed on Election Eve, says volunteers.  (Source: KTRE Staff) The Nacogdoches Republican Headquarters closed on Election Eve, says volunteers. (Source: KTRE Staff)
Both parties agree, now is the time to encourage people to vote. Election Day is the last opportunity.  (Source: KTRE Staff) Both parties agree, now is the time to encourage people to vote. Election Day is the last opportunity. (Source: KTRE Staff)
NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) -

It's Election Eve. Soon it will be time to just sit back and wait to find out who are the winners. But when does campaigning stop?

Nacogdoches County party headquarter workers will be spending it in remarkably different ways.

At Nacogdoches GOP headquarters volunteers said the office would close on Election Eve. 

Volunteers said they began cleaning out the office as early as yesterday. They do plan a watch party Tuesday at the Travis Clardy home.

We can't show you headquarters because a volunteer wouldn't allow our camera in the building, citing sparse furnishings and paranoia.

Republican Party Chair David Alders, at a function he was attending at Stephen F. Austin State University, commented about the election tension.  

"It has been very divisive season,” Alders said. “Certainly, that troubles I think everybody because we all love to be in a country where there is unity and a sense of shared purpose and shared values and certainly that has been impacted negatively this election season."

At the Democratic headquarters, volunteers were busy with various assignments. Poll watchers received final instructions. 

"If you see a problem, you go to the election judge,” they were told.

People picked up campaign material. One woman selected stickers to make her own sign.

Also, drives to the polls were being organized. The office plans to stay open until the last vote is counted.   

"Tomorrow, we will be at headquarters manning the phones because what happens historically is people come in, and they're not sure,” said Pat Castella, a Democratic Party volunteer. “They're not sure where their precinct are."

Nacogdoches County Democrats will have a watch party at their headquarters. 

Republicans will gather, too, down the same street.

It's at those functions where members of both parties will sit back and wait for the end to what seems to be the longest campaign in history. They can both agree on that.  

A programming note: your East Texas News will be on at 4 and 5 p.m. But we'll be letting ABC News take over coverage until 10 p.m.

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