Small towns lead Valley in early voter turnout

The Rio Grande Valley's smallest communities are seeing much higher turnout in early voting.

More than a quarter of eligible 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 1,282 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 373 out of 1,428 voters have voted.

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

Some 14 percent of voters turned out in Mercedes during the early vote while 8.64 percent turned out in Harlingen.

Only 6.88 percent over voter turned out for McAllen's ctiy races while 7.32 percent turned out for McAllen ISD races.

The lowest voter turnout was reported in the Valley's largest city where only 2.96 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 1,282 4,380 29.27% Rio Hondo 373 1,428 26.12% Mercedes 1,124 7,903 14.22% Harlingen 2,653 30,689 8.64% McAllen ISD 4,027 55,019 7.32% McAllen 4,059 58.955 6,88% Harlingen CISD N/A 38,827 N/A Brownsville 2,317 78,367 2.96%

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