Voters energized to cast ballots in presidential, local races

Posted at 8:10 PM, Nov 07, 2016
and last updated 2018-07-24 21:30:31-04

On Tuesday, voters will decide who will be representing them at the local, state and national level.

Some voters, such as Angelica Guzman, do not plan to vote for one of the top contenders in the presidential race, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

"I'm just going to follow my heart because my heart is not with either at the moment,” Guzman said.

Guzman said she decided to vote for Green Party Candidate Dr. Jill Stein after watching the debates between the Democratic and Republican candidate.

"The way they accuse each other instead of staying focused on the question that's given to them. Quick to point fingers,” Guzman said. “It just shows immaturity on so many levels and I just don't feel comfortable voting for that," she added.

Guzman said she is comfortable with her current decision and with being able to participate in local races.

Some Central Texans will be choosing their local elected officials and whether they want rules in their communities to change. For example, Robinson residents will decide the legal sale of mixed beverages in restaurants by food and beverage certificate holders only.

Currently, legal sale of beer and wine at places, such as grocery stores, is allowed for off-premise consumption only.

According to supporter Donna Harstack, who supports the change, said it would allow Robinson to compete with Waco, bringing restaurants and hotels on the Robinson side of interstate 35.

Harstack and a group of residents who collected signatures from registered voters to petition for local option election have put signs outside a polling location in Robinson highlighting the benefits of the change.

“We can have both a thriving small town with great schools and bring new tax dollars and revenue by voting for this,” Harstack said in an email.

Las Tapatias Mexican Restaurant Owner Horacio Hernandez said the change would also be beneficial for his business.

"I think it would be great because it would bring more customers in the evenings, after they're off work,” Hernandez said.

He said currently many of them go to restaurants located in Waco instead because of the current alcohol sale restriction at restaurants.

The polls will be open at 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Tuesday.

To view McLennan County sample ballots and polling locations, click here.

To view Bell County sample ballots and polling locations, click here.

To view Coryell County sample ballots and polling locations, click here.

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