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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 16, 1980, New Braunfels, Texas Center a 75235 Absentee voting high in state From staff and wire reports Absentee voter turnout here is running three times higher than that in the In Comal County Clerks office workers are or dering extra supplies to handle the steady Its wild is all I can said County Clerk Irene Weve already sent out more than 300 Yesterday there were 47 persons who traveled to the courthouse to cast their Linnell deputy said that 86 ballots were mailed 208 yesterday and another 100 would be sent out Mailouts and personal appearance absentee voting will end but mailin ballots will be accepted until 7 To qualify for voting a registered voter must either have an expected be 65 years or physically disabled with a written doctors religious confined in jail or be an election judge or Election officials across the state say the deluge of mailin requests for absentee ballots can only be attributed to increased voter interest in the upcoming presidential Theres more absentee interest in this election than Ive ever seen in my 16 years with the said Lorena supervisor of absentee voting for Bexar Officials in more than a dozen counties across Texas say more voters are requesting absentee ballots this year than in In they say voter registration is To many election officials and county that only means one People in Texad are really going to turn out for this said Evelyn Smith County elections administrator in Weve had about 500 mailed in absentee ballot requests so and were getting a good many more in every she Ramsey said the East Texas county had more than registered with another late applications that were still being Many officials feared the large influx of late registrations not processed by the 4 deadline would leave the tardy voters out in the Secretary of State George Strake said voters who have not been can make a sworn statement to the polling judge that they had their application in before the and may In El Paso election officials say they are worried that they wont be able to handle all the mailin requests for absentee Weve already received requests by mail for absentee said Helen county elections In we had a total of persons vote Six temporary workers have been added to help with the mountain of she In San Bexar County Clerk Robert Green predicts about absentee ballots will be cast out of a total people he expects will go to the In Harris election officials are ex pecting about mailout ballots this and about to total absentee said elections department spokesman Tony it is up over the last election We had a 68 percent turnout in Sirvello It could go over that this Everyone is interested in the presidential Nueces County clerk Marion Uehlinger said her office has received the largest number of absentee ballot requests that she has ever She estimates as many as absentee ballots will be cast out of registered Our absentee requests are up over the election but voter registration is up said Nancy Taylor County elections administrator in I think there is a lot of interest in the See Page 12A Thursday Tavor Communications 25 cents October Zeitunj 82 26 pages sections USPS 377880 New Texas Comfund directors press on By HENRY KRAUSSE Staff writer The Comal County Community Fund drive reached its halfway point with 35 percent of its goal directors learned at a meeting Wed A total of in pledges had been said board President Jim adding he wanted the directors to know where we stand and where we gotta The news from major employers in the area was More companies than ever were allowing their workers to deduct small amounts from their paychecks to benefit the and several firms had already surpassed their total donations from last But Cook pointed out with 15 days left to the October fund drive had to move into high He turned the meeting into a brainstorming session with two problems in and reaching people in the community who have not yet been The Community Fund has a projected budget of to provide essential support to 20 publicspirited agencies ranging from the Senior Citizens Center to the Boy We sit here in the looking down the throat of this I get a little queasy thinking about it See Page 12A Stall photo by John Senior Several birds take a break on some utility wires while passing through town w cooperatives outlined By JACQUELINE SMITH Staff writer The World Series may have been on but that still didnt keep a considerable number of people from attending the fourth town meeting on water at Smithson Valley High School last Describing the meeting as an educational Dan chairman of the Citizens Task Force on said the topic would be to present and discuss water cooperatives and districts as possible solutions to a potential water That problem is due to the fact the Glen Rose and Cow Creek water the un derground water supply for Canyon Lake and Spring Branch has a limited water What were trying to understand here tonight is what kind of entity or district we Our the Task Forces job is to educate and expose to the public all ideas so that someday we can vote on a he The Citizens Task the group which has organized the town was formed almost two years ago when concerned citizens decided to investigate the statements that were being made by what we consider experts that the Glen Rose and Cow Creek formations had a limited water said Betty task force vice For this reason the task force was formed to investigate the document its findings and look into possible Were not here to form a water district or co Were here because we have a problem and we need a she Most all of us are losers when we have no Were just hoping to gain respect in this county where this problem is she In opening the Justice of the Peace Fred Stewart said the limited water problem was one which faced the entire county and not just any one isolated Members of the panel at last nights meeting then spoke on some of the advantages and disadvantages of both water coops and Were facing a problem that is being faced Herbert of the Texas Department of Water Resources and panel Weve just been through the hot and dry 1980 summer and I hope its but Im not sure it he If the drought were to continue and the reservoir and ground water were not we will face a grim situation he He then explained to the audience that a waters nightmare would be when there wasnt enough preparation and storage of water to meet future The problem is how to get organized so we can have a dependable supply of Grubb pointed out that ground water that is obtained by wells is the property of the lan downer in Texas and can be used as the owner sees fit surface water is the property See Page 12A County awaits word on M ALDEF injunction The motion has been and now Comal commissioners are awaiting word from District Judge William Sessions on what will happen to the injunction currently in force against the Attorney who represents the county in this filed a motion requesting the injunction be Sought by the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational that injunction has Inside BULVERDE RELIGIOUS 7B SPRING temporarily halted elections in com missioner precincts 1 and 3 because of populations A new redistricting plan correcting these imbalances was approved last month by the Department of apparently clearing the way for the Reagan said he would contact Judge Sessions office today lo arrange for a setting for a hearing on the Reagan met with Cornal com missioners on the status of the in junction and on a proposed settlement for about 45 minutes in executive session yesterday After the closeddoor Judge Max Wommack issued a statement Because it is still in the negotiating it is best that we dont go into any details of the proposed But if any approved agreement is we will immediately make it he which represents a group of local sought the injunction after charging the population im balances according to the 1970 census violate the Supreme Courts one onevote ruling issued in The injunction has delayed one contested race so Republican primary race for commissioner 1 between Tom Edwards and General election contest in 1 and 3 will also be and the filing period for these races may be reopened once the injunction is 306 extension opens Friday The extension of FM described as the link in the system of farm roads around Canyon will be open for traffic Friday af Ribbon cutting ceremonies will be held at 4 Friday to mark the opening of the which has been under construction since Ceremonies will be held at the intersection of FM 306 and Cranes Mill Striping and cleanup work were the only tasks as yet and both would be completed prior to the Bob resident engineer with the Texas Department of Highways and Public Tran The extension extends from the dead end at Cranes Mill Road to 281 just south of the ComalBlanco County During a public hearing on the project in department district engineer Ray Stotzer estimated the new road would save over one million commuter miles 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