Voters turn out in steady stream in Saturday’s election

There’s been a steady stream of voters casting their ballots at polling locations around San Angelo Saturday. On the ballot are the San Angelo police chief race and San Angelo City Council Single Member Districts 1, 3 and 5.

As of 3 p.m. Saturday, out of the voters surveyed, 54.12 percent disagree that politics have little to no negative impact on the day-to-day operations of San Angelo’s Police Department; followed by 22.35 percent that agree with the statement, 16.47 percent strongly disagree and only 5.88 percent strongly agree.

“I voted because it’s our duty to do so. I voted for police chief and mainly City Council vote. Our City Council members could do a better job in reaching out to the people and letting us know what’s going on,” said a male registered voter in San Angelo.

Early exit polling also showed that 27.91 percent voted for the candidate they have always supported in the police chief race.

“The police chief race with four different candidates was a factor in voting. I think it’s awesome. I don’t remember the last time it was in a police chief election that we had multiple candidates. I’ve been learning about each one of them in the media and so it was good to make an educated vote,” said one San Angelo voter.

Almost 27 percent of voters decided more than a month ago the candidate they were voting for as police chief; 20.93 percent decided last month; and 24.42 percent decided just last week.

“I felt it was important to vote in the local elections to make sure that our city is being run correctly and the people we elect are taking accountability for the things they are doing for the people of San Angelo,” said a male San Angelo registered voter after casting his vote.