The Crawford County Clerk's office was buzzing Monday morning as USD 248 voters hurried to cast their ballots in the school district's bond election before winter weather prevented them from getting to the polls.

The Crawford County Clerk's office was buzzing Monday morning as USD 248 voters hurried to cast their ballots in the school district's bond election before winter weather prevented them from getting to the polls.

County Clerk Don Pyle said approximately 150 voters cast advance ballots on Monday, and several more cast ballots on Thursday and Friday of last week. Pyle said many early voters were worried that the winter weather that hit the area Monday afternoon would prohibit them from getting out today to vote.

"We had very brisk voting in the office (Monday) morning," Pyle said. "They saw the extended forecast and they wanted to get their voting done before the weather hit. A lot of people have tried to take advantage of voting early."

The wintry mix is expected to continue to fall into Tuesday evening, and road conditions will be less than ideal. Pyle said he is concerned that the slick streets will negatively affect voter turnout.

"Our main concern is that somebody may get hurt," Pyle said. "I do think it will have an impact on turnout."

The resolution to be voted upon today calls for separate ballot questions.

The first seeks to issue general obligation bonds for some $22 million for remodeling and construction at Haderlein Elementary, Girard Middle School and Girard High School, including the proposed fitness/community center, as well as a new stadium, football field and track. A separate question will be put to the voters, asking for an additional $2,425,000 in bonds for the addition of an indoor swimming pool at the high school.

Gary Snawder, USD 248 superintendent, said he'd hoped to have as many voters cast ballots as possible, but acknowledged that winter weather may prevent that from happening.

"Obviously, we'd like for it to be as easy and accessible as we could make it," he said. "We hope everybody could get out, but at the same time, I don't want someone getting hurt going to the polls."

Snawder said that while it's unfortunate that Mother Nature may take her toll on today's voting, weather is an aspect that is out of everyone's hands.

"When you have to set elections several months ahead of time, you have no idea what it's going to be like," he said.

Pyle said he is disappointed that voter turnout may be short of what is typically desired.

"The whole purpose of the election is to get opinion of a good portion of residents," he said. "This makes it so you don't have as big of a cross section of people voting. You don't get as true of gauge of what the public is thinking."

All normal election regulations apply to the special bond election, Pyle said. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday at the following locations:

• Farlington Town Hall, 308 N. Neill St., Farlington

• Franklin Community Center, 701 S. Broadway St., Franklin

• Immanuel Lutheran Church, 637 W. 680th Ave., Hepler — covering precincts in Brazilton, Hepler and Walnut

• Southeast Kansas Regional Education Service Center at Greenbush, 947 W. 47 Hwy., Girard – covering Grant precinct

• St. Michael Catholic Church Hall, 509-511 W. Walnut, Girard – covering Beulah, Crawford, Girard 1st Ward, Girard 2nd Ward, Girard 3rd Ward, Girard 4th Ward and Raymond precincts.