Interest in the May 13th election is showing up in the numbers.
More than 1,500 people cast their votes on the first day of early voting. That's nearly three times the amount of votes cast on the first day of early voting in the May 2004 election. Tuesday, NewsChannel 11 visited what's considered the busiest polling location, so far, the United at 82nd and Quaker. Voters, there, told us it's the mayoral race and convenience that's bringing them to the polls early.
|Early Voting Locations for the May 13, 2006 General Election|
"I like to early vote because I can get in and out and don't have to go to a specific place," said one voter.
"I heard it was going to be a mess on election day, and I didn't want to vote in three different places. Also, I wanted to make sure we got the right mayor," another voter said.
"Because we're citizens and we want to vote on what's going on...might have something come up on election day and if we hadn't voted already, then we'd be in trouble," a third voter said.
NewsChannel 11's cameras also found mayoral candidate David Miller voting at that same location.
"I might have a special interest in this particular election, certaintly it's a privilege to vote anytime but specifically to me, since I'm on the ballot," said David Miller.
Miller is running against Mayor pro-tem Tom Martin, Gilbert Montes and Ysabel Luna for Lubbock mayor. Early voting runs through May 9th.
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