Record-breaking early voter turnout for Killeen ISD Election

KILLEEN, TX - It's been a record-breaking week for the Killeen Independent School District.

Voter turnout for the district's election has reached an all-time high with 2,000 ballots already cast. 

Turnout for the first four days of early voting was just over 1,200 in 2017. Now this number is up nearly 60 percent from the previous election. 

"That's 22 percent higher than we've ever had in any single year in the last ten years," says KISD spokesman Terry Abbott. 

Laura Taft is one of the many people who came to cast their vote as soon as polls opened. With a daughter at Killeen High School, she says she had to vote "yes" for the bond. 

"It's important that the kids and the school have what they need for education," Taft said. 

School officials hosted over 50 meetings to educate the public on the proposal to construct new schools and update old campuses. Now the community has the chance to be heard. 

"So it's very exciting," Abbott says. "People are interested in this bond election, they're interested in the KISD bond election in general, and they're turning out to vote. That's what we wanted to see."

However, voters like Mellisa Brown are pushing back against a cost hike. Although Brown has children in the district, she doesn't think the $15-per-month tax hike is worth it. 

"I feel like the school district is asking for a lot of money and not giving us a lot of explanation about where the money that they already have has been spent and how they've been spending it wisely," Brown said.  

The Killeen ISD Election, along with other municipal elections across Bell County, will take place on May 5. 

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