Rain, Sleet Or Snow...It's Election Day - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

11/2/04

Rain, Sleet Or Snow...It's Election Day

Rain, sleet, or snow... It's Election Day and the polls opened up this morning at 7 a.m. sharp. Despite the steady flow of traffic at the polls, the bitter temperatures and snow may have slowed down the voting situation in Lubbock. No lines were to be found at any polling locations. More than about 50,000 were expected to cast their ballot on Tuesday. Those who did make it to the polls weren't scared away but wintry weather.

"Only Americans get out on a day like this!" exclaims an excited voter as she leaves the polling location at Preston Smith Elementary. Lubbock voters weren't walking to the polls. They were running- running to get out of the bitter wind, snow and chilly temperatures. "It kind of snuck up on us and it's kind of funny being Election Day and what not," says first time voter John Andrews.

"Oh it's crazy, but it's not going to stop me from voting," says Contancio Alonzo, Jr. But the wintry weather may have an affect on how many make it to the polls. "The turn out today because of the weather is going to be reduced greatly," assumes voter Randy Whirley.

And the snow had many wishing they had taken advantage of early voting - two weeks of perfect weather. "We didn't take advantage of early voting so now we have to drive through this just to vote," says Election Day Voter Cory Whitley with his wife, Suzanne.

"Had I predicted and known what the weather was going to do I would have voted early," admits Alonzo.

"With the weather the way it is today I do kind of wish I would have voted early," says voter Allison Lee. "These are just chances you take when you vote on election day," smiles Whirley.

Don't forget the polls close at 7 p.m. and just a reminder: you must be in line by seven so that you can vote.

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