LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Early voting for the March primary election ended Friday, and Lubbock voters turned out in huge numbers compared to the same early voting period in the 2006 primary. During all 11 days of early voting, 25,125 voted. That's compared to 11,941 in 2006.
Lubbockites who already cast their ballot expressed why they think it's important to vote.
"It's so important. It's one of our freedoms. It's one of our rights to get to choose our leadership and to speak out on issues we think are important. I would encourage and ask everyone to please vote," said Janis Buschman.
You can still cast a ballot on Election Day, March 2nd, but you will have to vote in your precinct.
Saturday morning Lubbock Young Republican hosted their final candidate forum. Organizers say the events gave young republicans the chance to meet with candidates in a small group, first hand.
"Having and experience with a candidate is something that every voter should have an opportunity to fulfill because when you meet a person and you look them in the eye, that's when you really can judge the character of that individual well, along with information that they pass along to you," said Aaron Henry Diaz, who attended the forum.
Saturday's forum featured candidates for the State Board of Education and Lubbock County Republican Party Chairman.
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