Thousands fewer Lubbockites went to the voting booths for early voting than recent constitutional amendment elections, according to Lubbock County’s elections office.
Those who did not vote early still can cast their ballots for the 10 constitutional amendment proposals on election day Tuesday at any of the county’s 35 polling places, said Kim Davis, a spokeswoman for the elections office.
Early voting, which started Oct. 24, closed at 8 p.m. Friday and attracted 4,826 voters — about 3,000 fewer than the 7,905 who cast ballots early in the 2007 constitutional amendment election and only a third of the 14,540 early voters in 2009’s election. The total number of registered voters in Lubbock County is 147,810.
Dorothy Kennedy, Lubbock County’s elections administrator, told The Avalanche-Journal at the onset of early voting she expected relatively low turnout for this election compared to previous elections, in part because the ballot does not include local items or options to elect public officials.
“You always have more turnout when you have names on the ballot,” she said. “But they’re equally important elections.”
Recent off-year elections have featured higher-profile issues such as a gay marriage amendment in 2005 and handful of Lubbock Independent School District bond proposals in 2009, Davis said.
This year’s election includes proposals to allow state entities such as the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and Texas Water Development Board the power to raise funds by offering additional bonds. One amendment, proposition one, would give surviving spouses of disabled veterans tax exemption on their homes.
Voters can take their pick of any of the 35 polling places to cast their ballot, Davis said.
“It’s a super-precinct style election, so it does not matter where you live,” she said.
Davis said she does not expect voters will have to wait long in lines.
“Even when we have a big voter turnout the lines seem to move pretty quickly,” she said. “Just make sure you’re in line by 7 p.m., because that’s when voting ends.”
Voters only need to show some form of identification or their voter registration card.
Voting begins at 7 a.m. and ends at 7 p.m. Tuesday at all polling places, including all United Supermarkets, Market Street and Amigos locations and at Texas Tech’s Robert H. Ewalt Student Recreation Center, Hartford Avenue and Main Street.
For a list of all early voting locations, go to the election’s office website at www.co.lubbock.tx.us/department/?fDD=15-0. Voters also can text 75044 and type in their zip code to receive directions to their nearest polling place.
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