LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD)- There were only nine days of early voting in this May election unlike the 12 days in the November Presidential Election.
So far just over half of the voter turnouts in the Presidential election have cast their ballot in the alcohol election.
The alcohol debate, a topic people can't seem to get enough of. However with all the hype surrounding whether or not Lubbock County will go wet, Office of Elections Administrator Dorothy Kennedy says the turnout is less than anticipated. "We know that the alcohol has been the thing that has brought a lot of the people out but still just to have 24% voting on this kind of issue is kind of low," said Kennedy.
She says in Lubbock County 144,910 people are registered to vote, but early voting numbers show less than a quarter of those have cast a ballot. "You always want to have the majority show up to the polls not a minority," said Kennedy.
As of Tuesday afternoon, the eighth day of early voting, 37,783 people voted. Compared to the 12 day early voting total of 69,910 people in the Presidential election. "It is less than what we expected since there has been so much talk in the community and so much hype from both sides so I figured the turnout would be a little bit more," said Kennedy.
Kennedy says this May election has seen more voters than last May for the mayor's race. But she still urges voters to get out and let their voices be heard. "It's a very popular election and the turnout has been very steady but we still need to make sure we get other people out because this is a social issue that is going to affect the whole county and out of 144,910 voters we've only had 24% show up at the polls," said Kennedy.
If you plan to vote this Saturday May 9th and want to know the polling places closest to you, all you have to do is text the number 75044 and enter your zip code, within about a minute you will receive three polling locations. On Saturday the polls will be open from 7am to 7pm.
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