Lubbockites Flock to Register to Vote - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

10/1/04

Lubbockites Flock to Register to Vote

Monday is the last day to register to vote in Lubbock County and so far the numbers look good. 6,400 people registered to vote in September, and that doesn't include those who came in to change their address. The trend continued on Friday and according to the Elections Office Presidential elections usually spark voter interest.

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The lobby of the office of elections was a busy place, as people made registering to vote a priority. "It's very crazy. People are coming in left and right. The fax machines going off and the phones are ringing off the walls, and everybody's just running over each other trying to help a customer that's coming in. Everybody wants to get registered to vote," says Dorothy Kennedy, Office of Elections.

The deadline is Monday at 5 p.m. If you are going to hand deliver it, and if you mail in your registration, it has to be postmarked October 4th.

"As far as the first time voters it's really mixed. We've had a lot of women come in and a lot of college students, and just young professionals who maybe just never voted before so they are coming out now for the first time," Kennedy said.

"I just want to have my vote count for something and I want to be able to voice my opinion to get what I want." Have you voted before? "No this is the first time for me," James Friend said.

"I'm very interested in voting for President Bush. I came to this country about 20 years ago, I'm a Doctor in Theology and I'm very interested in voting for President Bush because he's the right man for the right position," Tomas Balderas says.

"I think the election itself just being so tight and so controversial. And also the fact that we are in a war time. Even though people are just coming in to register they also share with us their opinions, so we hear everything," Kennedy said.

There are currently more than 156,000 registered voters in Lubbock County, and in the last presidential election, 49% of the registered voters came out to vote. According to the elections office, it looks like we could have an even better turnout this time around.

You can pick up a registration card at the Office of Elections at the County Courthouse or any City Post Office or library.

Early voting starts October 18th and runs through the 29th. During early voting you can vote at several locations, including United grocery stores, the mall and the Courthouse downtown.

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