Over 50,000 cast ballot in election - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

5/9/09

Over 50,000 cast ballot in election

By Ann Wyatt Little  - bio | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - The much anticipated question of will Lubbock County go wet was answered Saturday after early voting numbers were released.

During early voting 41,195 people cast a ballot, and as of 6:49 p.m. 9,511 folks cast ballots, add early voting numbers and it brings the total number of ballots cast to 50,706 in the May 9th 2009 election. Elections officers anticipated anywhere between 12,000 and 15,000 people to flock to the polls Saturday but say Mother's Day weekend and Texas Tech graduation ceremonies may have affected overall turnout.

Though lines were short, voters were determined to have their voices heard on the alcohol issue. "The liquor sales, it's a hot issue and I wanted to have a say," says Vicki Chapa.

"It's an election. You always vote in your elections or you don't get to gripe until the next one so I always like to express my voice," says voter Tara Ford. Either by phone or by foot, both sides made the most of election day trying to rally votes either for or against alcohol sales.

As of noon Saturday 3,316 voters cast ballots on election day and by 4 p.m. 5,949 voters cast ballots. Voters NewsChannel 11 spoke with had very different opinions on the issue of alcohol.

"I'm going to be 21 one day and I might vote and I can don't want to let the opportunity slip up," says first time voter William Baughn. "I'm very much against," says Latrice Godfrey.

"I'm for the sale of liquor in grocery stores so I don't have to drive to the strip," says Krista Harvest.

"Everyone gives us a stereo type that we'll be vote for just because we're young, that's not the case at all," says Kirsten Jenkins.

It's down to the wire but both sides are confident their position on the alcohol issue will resonate with a majority of voters. "It's now or never. You have to make your voice heard," says Melissa Pierce with Lubbock County Wins. "We feel good and are confident and really excited," says Connie Curry with TAAS.

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