Local analyst weighs in on early voting numbers - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

5/5/09

Local analyst weighs in on early voting numbers

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - The final day of early voting ended Tuesday at 8:00 p.m.  In the past nine days, 40,785 people cast their ballot in Lubbock County.  Now, NewsChannel 11 breaks down the age of early voters to learn what that can reveal about the alcohol election's outcome.

We divided the number of early voters from April 27th through May 4th into age groups:
 - 3,142 born from May 9th 1984 to the present (18 to 25)
 - 11,566 born between May 8th 1984 and May 9th 1960 (25 to 49)
 - 8,073 born between May 8th 1960 and May 9th 1949 (49 to 60)
 - 11,782 born before May 8th 1949 (60 or older)

We took the numbers to Cindy Rugeley, Assistant Professor of Political Science at Texas Tech University to gain some insight into what these early voting totals could mean for the election.  "You can't say for certain that people over 60 vote that way or this way on an alcohol referendum, but I would think that might be a sign that some of the churches are really mobilizing their voters, which in my opinion, would play into the hands of the opponents," Rugeley said. 

"I would think as far as getting people to the polls that, at this point, the opposition has done a much better job of mobilizing their voters.  On the other hand, the fact that so many people in the 25 to 49 group, the business community, those would be people who, you know, working people, some students at Tech, that tends to lean more toward, I would think, those who would say let's go ahead and support it," Rugeley added. 

Folks still have one more day to cast their ballot. That's Election Day, this Saturday, May 9th. You can count on NewsChannel 11 for complete Election Day coverage on air, and online here at kcbd.com.

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