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9/13/03

Lubbock Voters Let Voices be Heard in Constitutional Election

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It is a very important day for voters.

Among the 21 other amendments the one that Lubbock voters say stands out to them the most may have a big affect on your next doctor's visit and your pocketbook.

Lubbockites are letting their voices be heard on what they say is the most controversial amendment in this election.

"Proposition 12 was my main one," says voter, Jennifer Strahan.

"Probably the most important one was proposition 12," says voter, Don Boatman.

"Proposition 12 is the most important right now," says voter, Tom Moore.

Three different voters with one opinion. Proposition 12 is receiving more attention than any of the other 21 amendments. That's because it can change the outcome of medical malpractice lawsuits forever. It places a $750,000 cap on non-economic damages, and some voters say that's unconstitutional.

"I voted no because I don't believe in giving the legislature a free hand," says Moore.

"I am in favor of it myself, but there's a lot of people that are concerned. It's gonna make it where doctors don't have to be as responsible, so it'll be interesting to see what happens," says Precinct Judge, Jonathan Elder.

Precinct 125 judge, Elder says the controversy was enough to double his precinct's voter turnout in what was expected to be extremely low.

"We were expecting to have 130-140 votes, so we're real happy with what we're getting here," says Elder.

By late Saturday afternoon, Jonathan counted more than 350 votes and is expecting dozens more.

"My guess is we're gonna have 470 votes by the time the day's over," says Elder.

And as voters trickled in one by one, each with different opinions on proposition 12, all agree this seemingly small election will have lasting affects for years to come.

"You have to vote every time constitutional amendments come up because after it's become an amendment, well you can't challenge anything in court," says Moore.

So, it's already a law. But Saturday, voters are deciding whether proposition 12 is constitutional or not.

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