Highly Anticipated Election Fuels Record Number of Voters To Register - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

10/2/08

Highly Anticipated Election Fuels Record Number of Voters To Register

In just hours the nation will tune into the vice presidential debate to hear what the candidates have to say about the state of the nation. Aside from the highly anticipated debates, the election, along with the current economy has fueled a record number of Lubbock County voters to register. However, time is running out. Voters have only five more days to register to vote in the presidential election.

Election Day is still more than a month away but some are already in line, to register to vote. Voter Doug Duncan said, "I wouldn't miss it for the world." "Every vote counts and we're going through some difficult times right now," Manuel Gutierrez said.

Gutierrez and Duncan are just two of more than 100,000 Lubbock County voters expected to cast a ballot in the up-coming presidential election. "In one month's time our staff has done over 4,000 new registrations," Lubbock County Elections Administrator Dorothy Kennedy said.

Kennedy says in total, more than 80 percent of eligible citizens are expected to register.

On this day, election workers are resetting the voting machines that will be used in just a few weeks. "It will be the first time that between early voting and Election Day that we've ever needed all 800 pieces out during election time," Kennedy said.

Unlike early voting, on November 4th voting machines will not be set up at United Supermarkets. Instead 50 vote centers will be located in several businesses, churches, schools and community centers across Lubbock County. They are all places where more than 50,000 people are expected to cast a ballot in just 12 hours. Therefore, to avoid lines and the possibility of history repeating itself, Kennedy says it is best to vote early. "The last two presidential (elections) we've had blizzards in Lubbock, and it's always decreases the election day turn out. So we really want to encourage people to go vote early," Kennedy said.

If you have not done so already, you must register to vote by Monday October 6th. Voter registration forms are available at any library, post office or at the office of elections on 1308 Crickets Avenue. You can also download an application from the Secretary of State's website by clicking on the link below.

To help voters get registered the office of elections has extended its hours including Saturday from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. You can also call the Voter Hotline at 775-1868 

Again, if you want to vote for the next president, you must be registered or fill out the form and have it postmarked no later than Monday October 6th.

Texas Voter Registration Application
Click here to download the Texas Voter Registration Application from the Secretary of State website. (You will need Adobe Acrobat to open this file)

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