Nearly 35,000 cast ballots in Lubbock Co. - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

3/2/10

Nearly 35,000 cast ballots in Lubbock Co.

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By Ben Lawson  - bio | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Different reasons drew thousands of people to the polls on Tuesday.  By 6:37 p.m., 10,816 had cast a ballot.  Add that to the more than 25,000 who voted during early voting, and totals are close to 35,000.

Folks we caught up with had different reasons for voting, but they're all impressed with the large turnout. "Just feel like it's my obligation to get out and vote and be an active participant in the community and state," Mark Haberer said. 

Civic pride brought many to the polls.  "Doing my patriotic duty during voting," Matthew Griswold said. 

Others came out for a more specific reason. "I needed to vote for people that I feel will be best for the state of Texas," Walt Abney said. 

With more than 30,000 voters in total hitting the polls by Tuesday afternoon, turnout is strong compared to the 2006 election, and voters say there's good reason. "A lot of big races out, high profile races, so I feel like that's probably the driving force," Haberer said. 

"I think people are tired of the way that our country and our state are going, and I think it's time for a change," Abney said. 

Folks we spoke with say they want voter growth to continue. "I hope so, I mean with all the young people that are in town and all the college students, everyone should get out and do their patriotic duty," Griswold said. 

Polls close at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday.  You do have to vote at your precinct. If you don't know your precinct, the number is listed on your voter registration card.

To find where to vote in Lubbock County, just text your precinct number to 75044, and the address will be sent to you. You can also call the Lubbock County Office of Elections at (806) 775-1868.

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