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Record turnout when early voting goes on the road

By Donna McCollum

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Voters are coming and going from the courthouse annex. Since Monday, each day's turnout ranged from just over 900 to just over 1200 people with their minds made up.   Election Administrator Debra Gaston is pleased by,  " Extremely high numbers obviously. I did place an additional ballot order today. This is the second re-order, so I want to make sure we don't have to make any copies election day. "

Hundreds more put their faith in a candidate at churches, schools and community buildings.   Karen Butler personally greets those entering the satellite voting sites that she manages.    " People have seen very appreciative that we've been out in the county and we've done this. It's more convenient for them, "  Butler said from the Appleby satellite. Out here voting is pretty laid back, but still taken seriously. One voter said,  " I voted my conscience. "

The courthouse annex us remaining open this weekend and not because it has to. Gaston explained,  " The larger counties are mandated for additional hours. We're not because of our population, however, we want to accommodate as many areas of our population as we can. "

Stephen F Austin State University will be the satellite location watched on Monday and Tuesday. A big turnout is expected.  The big concern when the polls are moved to the university campus is that no campaign material will be allowed inside the student center. That means all political buttons and T-shirts will have to come off at the door. Or at least covered up.

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