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 Upper level trough developing over the eastern U.S. This will send a July cold front into the area Tuesday with a good chance of thunderstorms. Front will stall to our SW with a little drying noted Wednesday and early Thursday. Storms increase again Friday into early Saturday as the trough drifts west and moisture increases, ...


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Weather impacts voter turnout in Orange County

ORANGE COUNTY - By Jennifer Gordy

Candidates, volunteers, and most importantly, voters, were scarce in Orange County as Election Day started off icy, rainy, and cold.

"Weather has got to be a hindrance, I'm sure it has been very much so," John Dubose, candidate and Orange County Judge, said.

The number of people casting ballots earlier Tuesday barely reached into the double digits at some polling places in Orange County.  At others you could count the number of voters on one hand.

"Probably election day, I look for it to be about 25 to 30 percent of what we might vote because it's cold weather and raining all morning," Mike White, candidate and Orange County Judge, said.
The change in weather from warm to cold, in a matter of days, changed candidates election day plans.

"We were expecting to have people out at every place, but it's kind of hard to do when it's cold and ice and raining," Mike Hamilton, candidate and Orange County Judge, said. 

All candidates are hoping for a better turnout late Tuesday than when the day began.

"I think the rain and the cold may help some people from coming out to vote, but it is Southeast Texas and it rains a lot here. So, I think if it's important to people, they'll still make the effort and go out and vote," Brint Carlton, candidate and Orange County Judge, said.

The county judge's position is up for election because Carl Thibodeaux decided not to seek re-election.


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