The pace has picked up in early voting for next weekend’s city election, though we’re still behind the pace for the 2005 election (which featured the strong mayor initiative).  Through Saturday, some 32,000 people voted, about 5,300 a day. That compares to 6,500 a day in 2005.

We’re about where we were in the 2007 election, which included the mayor’s race. Interestingly, we’re far ahead of the pace in the Trinity referendum in 2007, when just 3,100 people voted early each day.

What does this mean for the hotel vote and the council race between Ann Margolin and Brint Ryan? A higher early voter turnout is probably good news for those who don’t want to build the hotel; it’s more difficult to say in the council race, since neither is an incumbent. About 4,500 people have voted early at the two Preston Hollow locations, compared to the approximately 4,900 turnout for all of early voting in 2007 in Preston Hollow.

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