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Busy voting days spark festive spirit within elections administrator’s office

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Although voting numbers slowed during the second week of early voting, elections administrator Staci Decker said one of the busiest, happiest weekends of her year remained ahead. “It’s like Christmastime,” Decker said.

Decker said that elections activity, already at a fevered pitch, would continue to ramp up over the next few days. “Typically, over the weekend we are working with our judges on supply pick-up (for the various polling stations),” Decker said. “And our early voting ballot board comes in to start qualifying ballots that have come in by mail.”

Decker said that mail ballots numbered approximately 1,200, which she estimated to be “probably another four percent of the registered voters.”

During early voting, well over 14,000 citizens – almost 47 percent of registered voters - showed up to cast ballots in Kendall County. These numbers rank substantially higher than numbers reported by an online Nov. 2 Statesman article stating that Collin County led the state with 43.86 percent of voters turning out early.

Decker and her staff have been excited by the high turnout thus far, and hope that Election Day brings even more voters to the polls. “We’re hoping for at least four thousand on Election Day,” Decker said. “But this election is not following typical standards.”

Despite the heightened activity – or perhaps because of it – Decker said she’s been enjoying herself. “It’s our favorite time of the year,” she said.