Last day of early voting in City and School Board elections - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

5/4/10

Last day of early voting in City and School Board elections

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By Katie Bauer  - bio | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Tuesday is the last day to vote early in this year's city and school board elections. 

You can cast a ballot at any United Supermarket, except the Market Street location at 50th and Indiana until 8:00 p.m. Tuesday night, come election day you will have to vote at your designated precinct.

You can't miss the signs that remind you another election is here.  This year, the mayor's seat, City Council District 1 and 5, and several school board positions are up for grabs.

More than 130,000 people in Lubbock County are registered to vote, but as of Tuesday afternoon, just over 8,200 folks had cast a ballot.

"There's plenty of people that have not voted that need to come on and get up and start voting because that's pretty low when you think about a city our size," said Elections Administrator Dorothy Kennedy.

If you look back at May elections in years past, in 2006, a little more than 16,000 people turned out.  In 2008, more than 15,500 people cast a ballot and in 2009 a staggering 40,785 people made their way to the polls.

"Those two in 2006 and 2008 were highly contested mayoral elections and then in 2009 we had the alcohol election and that brought out lots of people," said Kennedy.

So why are the numbers down this year?

"There's not a lot of controversy, there's not a lot of heated discussion going on among the candidates, so I think that's one of the reasons you are seeing the low turnout," said Kennedy.

Kennedy says it's still important to get out and exercise your right.

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