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02/21/06 - Lufkin

Early Voting Begins

by Jessica Cervantez

"Total chaos," is how Angelina County Election Administrator Bill Shanklin describes the first day of early voting.

Shanklin said, "The republican ballots we had to have them re-run because there was a mistake on them, we should have them tomorrow."

The democratic ballot did not come in until mid-morning, and if you were expecting to use the new electronic machines, well, the programs won't be in until the end of the week.

"It is not just Angelina County, it is all across the state, the same problem."

By 1:30 p.m., more than a hundred Angelina County voters cast ballots. The county judge and commissioners race has been capturing a lot of interest.

James Cosby, an Angelina County voter, said, "There are some people that are running that we want to get in there, and some people that are in there that we want out."

James Berry, another voter, said, "Everybody that is a republican, I'm voting for them."

Shanklin expects to have about 9 to 10-thousand voters show up out of the 40-thousand registered Angelina county voters.

Early voting ends at 5:00 p.m. March 4th. Election day is March 7th.
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