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Political parties make last minute preparations before election day

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – Last minute election day preparations are wrapping up Monday night getting ready for the polls to open tomorrow at 7 a.m. for the November 2nd election. Voters will be able to cast their ballots at 38 different locations over a 12 hour period.

"We're just excited because tomorrow is election day and we're ready for the voters to come out and do their part," said Dorothy Kennedy, with the Lubbock County Elections Office.

This year more than 35,000 people voted early, that's about 22% more than the last comparable race in 2006. "Locally we've got a couple of things. We've got the district 84 State Representative race is a big one that people have been talking about, and also the LISD bond issue," said Kennedy.

While the elections office finished setting up the voting machines at the different locations, both political parties also made last minute preparations for the big day.

The Lubbock Republican Party held a prayer rally Monday evening. Incumbent for County Judge Tom Head hosted the non-partisan rally encouraging all faiths to pray for the country and leadership.

"We had candidates and elected officials and everyone that's worked so hard on all the campaigns just kind of come together in a prayerful moment before the election," said Irene Howell, Lubbock Republican Party Executive Director.

All day members of the Lubbock Democratic Party joined together to call voters in an all day phone bank. "Each day we've probably called about 1,000 voters at each phone bank, and we have multiple phone banks going through out the county," said Kenny Ketner, Lubbock Democratic Party Secretary. "We're still going at it the day before the elections, and we'll probably still be calling them tomorrow because getting out the vote is important."

Regardless of the party affiliation or stance, both parties are encouraging everyone to let their voice be heard. "We've been working hard to make sure that voice is heard by making our main objective fair, accurate and secure elections so that tomorrow night when voting ends we know what the will of the people is for Lubbock County," said Kennedy.

Voters can go to any of the 38 locations to vote tomorrow. To find the closest location to you text your zip code to the number 75044. You will receive a text message with the three closest locations.

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