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Busy season continues for election workers


By Ben Lawson  - bio | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Voters have made a lot of decisions this year, and soon they'll be asked to go to the polls again.  It's a busy time for organizers, who may also have to prepare for a surprise election.

Voters have gone to the polls several times in the past four months.  Crews at the Lubbock County Election's Office say it's been a busy time, but they expected to have multiple elections. "We're always busy in even numbered years. It's just to be expected," Lubbock County Elections Administrator Dorothy Kennedy said. 

Looking back, poll workers have been out at various times since mid-February. That's when early voting started for the March Primary, which led to an April Runoff.

Following that election, folks cast their ballot in the May city and school elections, which then led to another runoff for Lubbock City Council District 1.  That election is set for June 12th.

One thing crews did not expect is a possible special election for the Texas House Representative seat held by Carl Isett. He announced he'll leave the seat early, so Governor Rick Perry could call a special election to fill the seat for the remainder of Isett's term.

Right now, there is no date set.  We do know Perry just recently called a special election in the Waco area for a similar situation. That one will be held on June 22nd.

So, we wanted to know how all of these elections affect voters.  Kennedy says it can be confusing for some. "In early voting they're like 'you're back, what are we voting for this time?'  So, there's got to be some break and clarification in letting them know this is a runoff.  Now we're in city and school elections, but your dedicated voters it's not going to matter. They're going to be there every single time," Kennedy said. 

In mid-October, voters will head to the polls once again.  That will start early voting for the November 2nd General Election when folks will chose the governor and more.

Before that, early voting for the District 1 Lubbock City Council Seat starts next Tuesday on June 1st.  Again, that election is June 12th.

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