LUBBOCK, Texas (KCBD) - The first day of early voting for the 2020 election season has seen a record-breaking turnout from Lubbock voters.
The Lubbock Elections Office reported as of polls closing on Tuesday evening, 10,473 voters checked in.
This shatters 2016 totals for the first day of early voting by more than 2,000 people. In that year, 8,248 voters checked in at the polls.
Voters in Lubbock took to the polls until the final closing at some polls at 8 p.m.
“It allowed us to go ahead and get our vote in and we didn’t have to rush and come later in the next three weeks to try to vote. We just wanted to get in here and vote early,” explained Dennis Dillon.
Neal Echols, who also voted right before 8 p.m. wanted to find a time with less crowds.
“We drove by earlier today two or three times today and the line was so long that we thought that we would wait and vote later in the night after we got a sandwich,” said Echols. “Everyone knew what they were doing. The people that are working the election, and this time at night, it went real fast.”
Early voting ends October 30. The Lubbock County Elections Office at 1308 Crickets Avenue is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.