Friday is last day of early voting; 5,024 cast ballots on Thursday

Friday is last day of early voting; 5,024 cast ballots on Thursday
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LUBBOCK, Texas (KCBD) - Lubbock County has easily exceeded the early vote total for 2016 as people continue to cast ballots in this extended period.

We’re in the extended period now, so there are no daily comparisons to 2016. A total of 88,723 people have voted early so far, compared to a total of 71,918 in 2016, an increase of 16,805 people so far.

5,024 people cast their ballots on Day 18 of early voting.

2,704 people cast their ballots on Day 17 of early voting.

1,777 people cast their ballots on Day 16 of early voting.

2,755 people cast their ballots on Day 15 of early voting.

1,725 people cast their ballots on Day 14 of early voting.

2,633 people cast their ballots on Day 13 of early voting.

The total number of early voters checked in on Day 12 is 4,418 people, according to the Lubbock County Elections Office. That’s around half the highest Day 12 total in 2004, when 8,413 people checked in to vote.

One factor to the difference may be that Day 12 is typically the last day of Early Voting, but the period was extended for this election season to provide more time given COVID-19 concerns.

For Day 11 of Early Voting, 4,352 voters were reported checking in at the polls. According to reports from the Elections Office, Thursday’s total is less than Day 11 totals for the past four Presidential elections. Officials reporting 6,954 voters checked in for Day 11 in 2004.

While Wednesday’s reported total was not record-breaking, it’s still an increase over the previous general election. As of 8 p.m., The Lubbock County Elections Office reported 5,045 voters checked in for the tenth day of early voting, failing to top the 5,943 voters checked in in 2004, but eclipsing the 4,904 voters checked in on the tenth day in 2016.

On Tuesday, 6,017 early voters checked in with the Elections Office, beating 2016 by more than 1,000 voters. A total that just barely topped the turnout in the 2004 election, when 5,943 voters checked in on the ninth day.

2,875 voters cast their ballots on Sunday, compared to 1,757 in 2016, an increase of 1,118.

5,111 voters cast their ballots on Saturday, compared to 3,816 in 2016, an increase of 1,295.

The Lubbock County Elections Office shifted their figures on Saturday to account for the federal holiday on Monday, Oct. 12. We’ve only been voting for five days, but the county is comparing Day 5 of 2020′s turnout with Day 6 of 2016.

By this standard, Lubbock has set records for voter turnout every day compared to 2016. The State of Texas is also setting records for early voting statewide.

Sample Ballots and Voting Locations

Polls will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. six days a week. On Sundays, poll location hours are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

PDF: List of Lubbock voting locations

LINK: Voter ID requirements

Early voting ends on Oct. 30 and Election Day is Nov. 3.

In Lubbock County more than 183,000 residents are registered to vote, according to www.VoteLubbock.org. That outpaces the number of those registered in Lubbock County in 2016, which was around 166,000.

You can find a sample ballot of candidates for your specific area by following this link to the VoteLubbock website.

Those who go to vote must have a valid form of identification and cannot wear political clothing or buttons.

Because of the pandemic, the Lubbock County Elections Office is also taking extra precautions when it comes to sanitization.

“They aren’t touching anything, so they can just drop that pencil into a bag that’s taped to each voting machine and it will be sterilized,” Lubbock County Elections Administrator, Dorothy Kennedy, said.

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