Early voter turnout has been steady - but still fairly low - despite a constitutional amendment on the ballot that, if passed, would reduce property taxes for senior citizens and the disabled.

Erath County Clerk Gwinda Jones said many voters are surprised to learn that a constitutional amendment is on the ballot given its unusual timing.

“Typically, constitutional amendment elections are held in November,” Jones said. “Many of the voters are surprised to see a (constitutional) amendment on the ballot during this election.”

Early voting got under way at the Erath County Courthouse last week. By Thursday, only 301 voters had cast ballots in Stephenville, and 83 in Dublin.

Friday’s totals were not available at press time, but Jones said there was a steady stream of voters throughout the day.

Running for Place 1 for Stephenville City Council is incumbent Cyndi Godwin and challenger Pat Shelbourne. For Place 7, incumbent Mark Murphy is being challenged by Robert Burns and Virginia Ables.

A three-way battle between incumbent Red Seigars, Arthur Gilbert and Tom Gordon for Dublin mayor is also under way.

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. Monday and Tuesday. Election Day is Saturday, May 12. See inside for a list of Saturday’s polling places.

SARA VANDEN BERGE covers courts, law enforcement, and business and political issues for the Empire-Tribune. She can be reached at sara.vandenberge@empiretribune.com. Her work number is 968-2379, ext. 240.