A week from Monday, Lubbock County residents will start to cast their early vote for the Presidential Election. The Office of Elections is encouraging people to participate in early voting.
There is about three and a half weeks before Election Day, and this year's presidential election is being predicted to have a record breaking turnout of voters. That's why the Lubbock County Elections Office is pushing for people to vote early. "We don't know what the weather is going to be or what your life is going to hold on Election Day so get early voting done, go ahead and have your voice and get early voting done," said Lubbock County Elections Administrator Dorothy Kennedy.
Early voting starts Monday October 20th and runs through the 31st. Most United Supermarkets and Texas Tech University are some of the places where people can cast an early ballot. "There is going to be long lines on Election Day so if you want to wait in line we are happy to see you on Election Day but if you got things going on and your life is busy then we really want you to push forward and go on through early voting so you don't have to wait near the line that you would on Election Day," said Kennedy.
If you plan on voting on Election Day, there are 50 voting centers you can choose from. "So if you are not tied to your home precinct this election like you have been in past elections. This is our second time to do it, it was a success in 2006 for the Governor's election so we were asked to do it again and try it in this presidential," said Kennedy.
Since 2006, the elections office has added 15 more voting centers, so extra help is a must. They are still in need of 100 election workers. Joyclyn O'Steen has been an election worker for the last 26 years. "It's so much fun and it's really exciting to be a part of history and our government," said O'Steen.
To be an election worker you must be 18 and a registered voter of Lubbock County. It's a plus if you have computer experience or are bilingual. Workers get paid $8 an hour for training and $10 an hour on Election Day.
"We have a great team that we work with, so don't be afraid because they do train very much and so you are very knowledgeable about everything you need to know," said O'Steen.
Early Voting Locations for November Election
|Lubbock County Election Day Voting Centers|