By Christie Post - email
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – Across the country, and right here in the hub city, political candidates, election officials and poll workers are nearing the end of a very active political season. Polls opened at 7 a.m. Tuesday, and voters have until 7 p.m. to cast a ballot.
35,419 people turned out for early voting. Election officials say that's up about 22 percent from what we saw four years ago. We're told there were no long lines at most locations, and that Calvary Baptist was seeing the largest turnout.
Earlier Tuesday it was a steady stream of voters, but since then traffic has slowed down. As of right now, more than 11,000 people have been to the 38 different polling locations since they opened Tuesday morning.
Some candidates say this is the most important election in our country's history. No matter what the outcome, this is an experience one local student will never forget.
"This is a new experience. I wasn't used to this, this is the first time," said first time voter, Russell Douglass.
Douglass recently turned 18. Tuesday he cast his ballot in what some are saying is one the most anticipated mid term elections. "I probably should have done a little more homework, but the big candidates I knew who I wanted to vote for," said Douglass.
While people like Douglass go to the polls, candidates are trying to give voters one last campaign pitch by shaking hands, handing out cards and vying for votes.
"Main thing is we needed to get the polling locations covered, get some signage out there. We still have folks moving around still visiting with folks. We're encouraging everyone to get out and vote as much as we can," said Sheriff Republican Candidate, Kelly Rowe.
"At this point I think pretty much the ground work has been laid. At this point I think a lot of things we want to do is thanking people for coming out to vote, make a last pitch effort if you can," said U.S. Representative District 19 Democratic Candidate, Andy Wilson.
"I've been out before dawn this morning at the first voting place at 7 o'clock,.".said District 84 Democratic Candidate, Carol Morgan. "I'm going to be out all day long. If I get elected, I'll be the first woman every to hold state office from this entire region. We've never had a woman go to Austin from this area."
"We just doing last minute preparations," said District 84 Republican Candidate, John Frullo. "We're making sure we have all the signs out at all the polling locations, people standing out at the polling locations and keep working till about seven o'clock this evening."
But if it weren't for voters like Douglass, the people wouldn't have a voice. "All the candidates, they are supposed to represent the people, and they don't if the people aren't voting", said Douglass.
Even the candidates themselves cast their votes. "I'm voting here at Guadalupe because I think this area really exemplifies the reasons that I'm running. The main emphasis from my standpoint is we need a representative in Washington, representing hard working people in West Texas," said Andy Wilson.
"If you haven't voted yet, you need to get out and vote. A lot of people have died for that privilege and we need to honor them," said Frullo.
"There is no excuses," said Douglass.
Regardless of the party affiliation or stance, both parties are encouraging everyone to let their voice be heard and to get out and vote.
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