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5/2/09

School elections also bring voters to polls

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Thousands showed up for the first week of early voting in Lubbock County.  A big draw was the alcohol election, but other issues have folks headed to the polls. The first week of early voting saw more than 20,000 people.  On Friday, 4,569 cast their ballot. That brings the five day total to 24,531.  Besides the alcohol election, school bond elections pulled people to the polls.

For Lubbock-Cooper ISD, $80-million is at stake. That's why Saturday, supports rallied, handing out fliers to ask people to help build the future. School leaders estimate more than 3,300 students will join the district in the next ten years. They've already grown by more than 1,000 students in the past five years.

Due to that rapid growth, Cooper wants to add a second middle school and a 4th elementary. The bond also includes a new football stadium, a softball and baseball complex, and additions to existing buildings.  "We want the community to see how enthusiastic we are about what is happening at Lubbock-Cooper. We want to transfer that enthusiasm to the voting population so when they go to the polls they'll mark yes when it comes to the bond election for Lubbock-Cooper," Citizens for Cooper Committee Chairman Rita McDaniel said. 

Members of Citizens for Cooper Committee say they've distributed more than 5,000 fliers. They plan to have an all-day rally on Election Day, next Saturday. In Abernathy, voters will decide on a $16-million bond issue. That will be used for construction, renovation, and equipment for the district's buildings. Early voting will last through May 5th and election day is May 9th.

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