Hidalgo County elections officials released early voting tallies just minutes after 7 p.m. Saturday and the results for the Mid-Valley are in, with some races too close to call.
Topping the results is the $10 million bond election the city of Weslaco proposed for drainage infrastructure improvements in the wake of last June’s flooding.
According to early voting tallies, the bond is currently up by a 2-to-1 margin, with 158 voters casting their ballots for the improvements, while 77 voted against the bond.
Next door, Donna residents were tasked with deciding on three amendments to the city charter, which has remained unchanged since 1994. As of early voting numbers released at 7 p.m., all three propositions are too close to call.
Prop A proposed lengthening the terms for the mayor and commissioners from three years to the state maximum of four years. If passed, Prop A would go into effect immediately.
Currently, 250 people — or 51.87% — voted for it during early voting, while 232 — or 48.13% — voted against.
Prop B would lengthen the term of the municipal judge from three years to four. Currently, 224 people have voted for it, while 239 have voted against, meaning the race stands at 48.38% to 51.62%.
And finally, Prop C proposed to remove a number of portions of the charter that are unconstitutional or are superseded by state law.
Thus far, 222 people — or 48.16% — have voted for Prop C, while 239 people — or 51.84% — have voted against.
In Mercedes, a total of eight candidates are vying for two seats on the city commission — four for each place.
At Place 2, Leonel Benavides currently leads the pack with 470 votes, or 53.29% of the vote.
Joe Martinez Jr. has earned 278 votes during early voting, while the remaining challengers for Place 2 — Ramon Mejia and Michelle Reyna — have earned 74 and 60 votes respectively.
At Place 4, incumbent Ruben “Chano” Guajardo currently leads with 334 votes, or 38.17% of the vote. Just under 5 percentage points away is challenger Jose M. Gomez, with 33.49% of the early vote, or 293 votes.
The pair are followed by Velda Garcia and Lucy Delgado, who have 39 and 209 votes, respectively.
And in La Villa, three incumbents are fighting to retain their seats on the board of aldermen.
At Place 1, incumbent Manuel Hinojosa currently holds the lead with 55.47% of the vote to Ricardo Garza’s 45.53% — 365 votes to 293, respectively.
At Place 2, incumbent Joe Contreras is leading with nearly 60% of the vote — 392 votes to Jesus Jesse Rodriguez’s 265 votes.
And at Place 3, incumbent Mario Lopez is neck and neck with challenger Lupe Rangel Jr.
Lopez has 325 votes, or 49.24%, to Rangel’s 335 votes, or 50.76% of the early vote tallies.
And in news of the strange, despite EEISD officials calling off their $24.2 million bond election just days before early voting began, county records show 11 ballots cast in each of the now-cancelled election’s two propositions.