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Neighbors gather to vote

 
Neighbors gather to vote
NANNETTE KILBEY-SMITH — Voters line up Oct. 29 outside La Vernia City Hall to take advantage of two days of early voting. To combat the heat as the day brightened, the Guadalupe Valley Electric Cooperative delivered industrial fans. Volunteers donated water and snacks for voters to enjoy as they endured the wait.

Despite the long lines and long wait, La Vernia-area voters haven’t been discouraged, gathering at City Hall Oct. 28-29 for early voting in the presidential election, along with state, national, and local propositions. For some, the wait to cast their ballots was almost five hours, but voters have remained persistent and encouraged.

The atmosphere has been patient and neighborly.

“Don’t be discouraged by the long lines,” said Alena Berlanga on the La Vernia News Facebook page Oct. 28. She’d lined up with her two children for two hours, towing them in a wagon and entertaining them with coloring books and snacks. “This election is too important! Take a camping chair, book, and a bottle of water to sit while you wait.”

For Misty Leija, the wait was worth it.

“We were in line for 3-1/2 hours, but didn’t mind because I agree -- this election is very important,” she said via Facebook.

Chairs were provided outside City Hall for the elderly or those who couldn’t stand for the duration of their wait.

“Hoping to get to vote today,” said Susanne Varner Oct. 29. “We will bring chairs. No matter how long the lines are.”

Hundreds waited patiently last Friday for the first of two days of early voting offered in La Vernia. More turned up Saturday, with voters beginning to gather just after 6 a.m. in the early morning fog. By 8 a.m., the line snaked along several blocks of Chihuahua Street, from City Hall to the La Vernia News office and the old Baumann’s parking lot.

Early voting continues in Floresville through Friday, Nov. 4. See voting information on page 5.

According to the Wilson County Elections Office, 5,851 county voters had cast ballots during early voting Oct. 24-29; of those, 1,265 were cast in La Vernia Oct. 28-29.

 
 
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