A couple of veteran Fort Bend County officials are expressing concern over the low early voter turnout among Katy voters for the May 29 Republican primary.
Both Pct. 3 County Commissioner Andy Meyers and Sheriff Milton Wright said the low vote total could jeopardize local influence in several hotly-contested races, including district judge, state board of education and county sheriff.
Meyers, who is seeking re-election unopposed, says the court-ordered change in primary election date and it being so close to the city/school board elections seems to have confused many voters.
As a result, Katy precincts are voting substantially lower in the early phase than in the past.
Meyers urged Katy area residents who do not take advantage of early voting to make a special effort to cast their ballot on May 29.
“We know of the political turmoil that has created a disruption in the normal election process this year. It is unfortunate that the primary is scheduled on the day after the Memorial Day holiday,” Meyers said. “These races will affect the daily lives of our citizens. I really hope that Katy citizens will go to the polls and play a decisive role in such important decisions.”
Wright said he was particularly concerned about how an unusually low voter turnout could impact the sheriff’s race.
Wright, who will be retiring after 16 years as Fort Bend County’s top law enforcement officer, has strongly endorsed Chief Deputy Craig Brady as the person best suited to succeed him. Wright called Brady the “best qualified to build upon the successes of the past 16 years based upon Craig’s distinguished career as a law enforcement officer and his extraordinary leadership at the Fort Bend Sheriff’s Office.”
Early voting will continue in the Katy area through Friday, May 25 at the Cinco Ranch Library. Early voting is from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.
Election day is Tuesday, May 29.