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      Hidalgo ISD, Rio Hondo lead the Valley in early voting

      Two small communities are leading the Rio Grande Valley in early voter turnout.

      More than 11 percent of voters have already gone to the polls for races at Hidalgo ISD and the City of Rio Hondo.

      A hotly-contest, special election for Hidalgo ISD is driving record numbers of voters to the polls.

      Some 489 out of the school district's 4,380 registered voters have already cast their ballots in the early vote.

      Similar results are reported in the City of Rio Hondo where 158 out of 1,428 voters have voted.

      Races in Mercedes and Harlignen are also driving early voters to the polls.

      The lowest voter turnout was reported in the Valley's largest city where only 1.04 percent of voters went to the polls for Brownsville city elections.

      According to Cameron County Elections Department early voting figures, only six people voted on Wednesday at the Southmost Public Library while only 15 voted at the UTB campus.

      Early Voting Totals Through Wednesday, May 1st:

      Early Votes Registered Voters Percentage Hidalgo ISD 489 4,380 11.16% Rio Hondo 158 1,428 11.06% Mercedes 467 7,903 5.91% Harlingen 1,126 30,689 3.67% McAllen ISD 1,295 55,019 2.35% McAllen 1,288 58.955 2.18% Harlingen CISD 525 38,827 1.35% Brownsville 818 78,367 1.04%

      Sources: Cameron County Elections Department, Hidalgo County Elections Department, City of McAllen, City of Harlingen and Harlingen CISD