(Seguin) -- The Guadalupe County Elections Office is ready to take your votes for today's general election. Today's election will decide several federal, state, county, city and school district elections.
Guadalupe County Elections Administrator Lisa Adam says they had almost 40,000 people during the early voting period, and they are expecting another large turnout today.
"I think it's been incredible. I think the voters have made it very clear that they are motivated to come out and make their voice heard and I'm very glad to see that incredible turnout," said Adam.
Adam says no matter today's turnout, her office is ready to take on voters at each polling location thanks to the relatively new Vote Centers which are still being introduced into the community. Adam says Guadalupe County is among the few counties in the state of Texas to offer Vote Centers. Vote Centers essentially allow voters the ability to cast their ballot anywhere there is a polling location in Guadalupe County.
"Well, I think today is a great day to see how well Vote Centers work for us. You know they've worked very well in the previous elections with lower turnout. This is our first election that we expect a high turnout since we've moved to Vote Centers. So I think this is going to be a fantastic opportunity to see how well Vote Centers truly work because if the voters do go to a location that has a long line, they have the option of simply moving on down the road to the next voting location. So I would remind them that they can go to any Guadalupe County voting location if they are a Guadalupe County resident and they can find that information on our website and they can look and see what the nearest location is so that they have options. We'll have it posted at the polls as well but there's plenty of options. There's 34 election day locations for them to choose from and hopefully, they are conveniently situated so that if they drive pass their first choice and the lines are long, they can just go on down the road to their second choice and get right in and vote and not have to stand in any lines," said Adam.
Voters need to prepared before heading to the polls. Adam says there are a few things that all voters need to keep in mind.
"Just remember to bring a photo ID and not to wear any electioneering type items -- no campaign t-shirts from your favorite candidate or buttons or things like that. We want everybody to be excited to come out and support the candidate of their choice but we have to remember that there are guidelines and that we are not allowed to electioneer in the polls so they can keep that in mind and just bring their photo ID and their patience just in case the lines are a little bit longer than we are hoping they be," said Adam.
Today's ballot includes several races. State and federal races include the seats for Texas Governor, Lt. Governor, State Representative District 44, U.S. Senator and U.S. Representative District 15.
Guadalupe County, city of Seguin and Seguin ISD races include Guadalupe County Commissioner Precinct 4, Justice of the Peace for Precinct. 3, Seguin City Council districts 3 and 7, and Seguin ISD trustee districts 2, 4 and 5.
Anyone who has questions regarding their eligibility to vote is asked to contact the Guadalupe County Elections Office at 830-303-6363 or visit the elections office website.
The polls will be open throughout Guadalupe County until 7:00 tonight. KWED will have live election coverage shortly after the polls close tonight. Our election coverage is brought to you exclusively by Gift & Gourmet in downtown Seguin. Our first update begins around 7:06 p.m., and you can listen on AM 1580 KWED, or listen online at seguintoday.com.