By BRAD KELLAR
Early voting in Hunt County ahead of next Tuesday’s elections set a new record, as many voters apparently waited until the very last minute to cast their ballots.
Hunt County Elections Administrator Mina Cook said another 1,279 people voted by personal appearance Friday, the final day to vote early for the elections, with 27 ballots by mail received, along with 31 limited ballots and seven military votes.
The 1,344 votes recorded Friday brings the total to 13,487 early votes, topping the previous record of 13,273 early votes cast during the 2008 general elections.
There was a line of people waiting to cast their votes at the Hunt County Voter Administration Office as of the 5 p.m. deadline Friday, and the final numbers weren’t posted for another three hours.
“I’m very proud of everyone,” Cook said of the effort put in by her staff. “They all worked very hard today.”
The record early vote could be stretched even more before Tuesday’s election day.
“We still have some mail-in ballots that could come in,” Cook said.
Polls will be open between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. on election day.
A sample ballot and a list of polling locations is planned for the Herald-Banner Sunday and Tuesday.