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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 7, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas NEW PELS RALDZEITUNG Vol 149 No 271 14 pages in 2 sections November 7 2000 TUESDAY Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents Comal County Texans support Bush Gore reach polling places Bush turn out for the final sample III Where presidential See citys special Every vote counts candidates stand election results on on the California ballots might tie up presidential results for days SACRAMENTO Calif AP So many California voters have requested absentee ballots that Americans might not know which presidential candidate won tonight Or even Wednesday night A record million Califomians have requested absentee ballots which could leave the results of close races through out the state in doubt for days or even weeks Californias 54 electoral votes promise to be critical in the hunt for the White House More than 1 million of those absentee ballots or nearly 10 percent of the 12 million votes expected in California will not be counted on election night accord ing to county election officials surveyed by The Associated Press Vice President Al Gore has been lead ing in California polls but not by an over whelming amount A recent Field Poll showed Gore ahead of Texas Gov George W Bush by 7 per centage points with a 3 percentage point margin of error but it also showed 6 per cent of those polled were still undecided Alfie Charles spokesman for Secre tary of State Bill Jones said the estimates that 1 million absentee ballots might not be counted by election night sounded right because of the growth in absentee applications in the state hi 1980 absentee voting counted for percent of the vote in California in 1990 it was percent and in 1998 it was percent or million ballots For the closest races he said it could be one to two weeks after the election before the results might be known In 1994 when 22 percent of the voters cast absentee ballots Sen Dianne Fein steins narrow victory over Republican Michael Huffington wasnt confirmed until 2 weeks after the election America goes to the polls Party chairs predict who will win the White House BY Jo LEE FERGUSON Staff Writer Local Democratic and Republi can Party leaders are laying claim to a victory today for their presidential candidates But no one expects that the victo ry whoever wins will be a landslide Texas Gov George W Bush and his vice presidential candidate Dick Cheney are neck and neck against Vice President Al Gore and his run ning mate Joe Lieberman Polls show that Bush is just slight ly ahead of Gore according to the CNN Website Right now the way the vote is going I think George W Bush will win Comal County Republi can Party Chairman Don Hensz said I think it will be a solid election I dont think it will be a But Comal County Democratic Party Chairman Atanacio Nacho Campos predicts Gore will win in spite of the polls I think he will win the Electoral College Campos said See PARTY75A K JESSIE Volunteers Andrea Boldt left and Robbie Borchers discuss lastminute details at the Republican headquarters 215 S Seguin Monday afternoon CHS students go to work as election officials today GOP Party The Comal County Republican Party is having an election night party after the polls close at 7 today The festivities will be at the party headquarters 215 S Seguin across from Pizza Hut BY JENNIFER RODRIGUEZ Staff Writer Slipping into the fastpaced rhythm of teenage discourse four Canyon High School students excited about their first election talked over each other about their jobs as precinct clerks today When they serve as Precinct 20 clerks today they become the first high school students in Comal County to get tapped for election duty Over the years County Clerk Joy Streater has watched the pool of precinct clerks shrink so she asked CHS teacher K Kathy Simmons if she thought she could get students to sign Canyon students Glenn Brietzke Amanda Kohlenberg Sasha UP Bulkley and Amanda Luckemeyer will work at the Precinct 20 See polling site today in the Canyon High School gymnasium Officials brace for big turnout BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Election workers prepared early ballots for counting late Monday and readied themselves for what could be record voter turnout at the polls today Comal County Elections Coordi nator Linnell Hinojosa said turnout today well could rival the 80 percent this county saw in 1992 Twentyfive thousand of the countys reg istered voters cast their ballots in that presidential election That was our biggest turnout up till Hinojosa said In the 1996 presidential election turnout in Comal County was 57 per cent Usually early voting runs between a third and a half of Election Hinojosa said In had early voters and this year I have If the ballots from early and mailin voting are any indication or more county residents could vote today Hinojosa said Comal County has registered voters Hinojosa said voters could expect polls to be busiest right after they open at 7 and then again after 5 A lot of people want to vote before work and some want to vote after wards Thats usually when the rush she said Hinojosa said voters should bring their voter registration cards Voters who do not have their registration cards will have to bring identifica tion showing their physical addresses Program lets local residents be Blue Santas for holidays More than 300 children to be served this year BY JENNIFER RODRIGUEZ Staff Writer During a recent lunch break tiny Kookie Barboza lugged a Christmas tree taller than herself to the Sundance Golf Course for the fourth annual Blue Santa Program Shoppers now can find at sev eral locations around town trees flocked in blue paper ornaments holding the Christmas wishes of mow than 300 children The Blue Santa Program is like Grandmas secret fruitcake recipe it depends on a pinch of ingredients from a variety of sources such as the New Braunfels Police Department Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association Communities in Schools businesses and resi dents Unlike other gift drives the Blue Santa Program collects the childrens wish lists so donors can buy the gifts the children want All you have to do is stop by one of the stores our tree is right at the entrance pick a card buy the gift and drop it said Bill Gray president of the alumni group and chairman of the Blue Santa Program Its Communities in Schools repre sentatives select families who have a financial need and coordi nate with the Community Service Center to eliminate multiple gifts to the same family The families range from those with ongoing financial problems to those who have experienced job loss or recent parental separa tion Blue Santa organizers said they tried to give every child on their list at least twp articles of cloth ing and two toys Were not concerned with why children wont get anything for Christmas Our concern is that they do get something for Barboza said Blue Santa has taken off in Comal County The first year organizers gave presents to the children of 35 families Now in its fourth year Blue Santa will deliver presents to the children of about 100 families Every year that weve grown we feel like were able to touch more Gray said The NBPD and the citizens alumni association lead Blue Santa efforts On Christmas Eve police officers will deliver the wrapped presents It helps get the individual offi cers in touch with the children of the community and helps them see the officers in a positive situ Gray said Donors should find Blue Santa gift trees at Sundance Golf Course WalMart Kmart Ross City Hall New Braunfels Public Library and New Braunfels Police Department After picking up a tag turn it in with the new unwrapped present to the same location as the Blue Santa tree or the NBPD INSIDE Abby 7A Classifieds Comics 8A Crossword 7A Forum 6A 4A Movies 7A Obituaries 3A Sports Today Key Code