It's a record: 7,074 Lubbock County voters cast their ballot on the first day of early voting in one of the nation's most anticipated presidential elections.
Lubbock voters lined up this morning to cast their ballot. Election day is still a couple weeks away, but early voting started Monday.
When early voting began at 10 a.m. Monday morning, several people were ready and waiting. "I couldn't wait to vote. I've been ready for months," said Robert Dunn.
In the first hour of voting, the Lubbock County Office of Elections averaged about 25 ballots per minute. People were glad to vote, but each had their own reasons for voting early. "I have the morning off, and so I figured I'd come take care of it," said voter Jason Cooper.
"Well, at my age, I wanted to make sure my vote counts," said Dortha Meeks-Cathey with a laugh.
"Our country is really at the turning point. We can either become great again, or we can fail, and I wanted to make sure that I put my food down. I said, I'm standing up, and I'm going to speak my piece, and I'm going to vote early," said Phoenix Lundstrom after she cast her ballot.
Lundstrom just moved to Lubbock a few months ago from Hawaii where they do not have early voting polling centers, and she says she likes the idea, "I think it's tremendous to be able to have this opportunity. More people are going to have the opportunity to vote."
The Lubbock County Office of Elections encourages people to participate in early voting to cut down on lines during Election Day. With a record number of people registered this election season, they expect a record turn-out at the polls.
Most people Monday seemed to think the early voting process went smoothly. "It was a piece of cake. The folks in there are really nice, and the computers work really well. Didn't have a problem," said Cooper.
Even when their were several people waiting, it only took voters about 10 to 15 minutes to get through the line and cast their vote. "My voice has been registered, and I'm really glad about that," said Lundstrom.
Early voting continues through October 31st. You can vote early at most United Supermarkets, Texas Tech University, and several other polling places. If you have any questions you can call the Elections Office at 775-1868.
Early Voting Locations for November Election