Thousands cast ballots locally in first week of early voting

At least 10,771 people have already cast ballots in this year’s May municipal election as of Saturday, out of a total of 363,074 registered voters in the county, according to the Hidalgo County Election Department.

The Edinburg CISD bond election, in which the school district is asking taxpayers to approve a $220 million bond, had 3,869 ballots cast last week. If approved, the bond money would be used to fund new facilities and could raise taxes by up to 4 cents.

The McAllen ISD school board election, in which four spots are contested, drew 2,807 people to vote last week.

Voters in Peñitas will elect their mayor, along with Place 2 and 4 of their city commission. A total of 1071 voters cast ballots last week.

McAllen residents will vote for commissioners in place 4 and 5. The city of McAllen did not have their early voting number readily available online.

In Weslaco, voters will decide on a $10 million bond proposal to fund improvements to the city’s drainage system in light of severe flooding that damaged much of the city last June. A total of 100 residents turned out to the polls last week.

Early voting ends on April 30, and Election Day is May 4.