Early voter turnout strong in Lubbock

Oct 19, 2020

A week into the extended early voting period, more than a quarter of Lubbock County residents have cast their ballot. 

 

So far, 52,263 people have voted in Lubbock County, according to data from the Texas Secretary of State. That’s 28% of the total 183,394 registered voters. The majority of people have voted in-person at one of Lubbock’s 25 polling locations. More than 6,000 voters have returned their mail-in ballots.

 

About 60% of Lubbock County registered voters participated in the 2016 general election, according to elections office data.

 

In-person turnout exceeded past totals for general elections, going back to 2004, each day last week, according to data from the Lubbock County Elections Office. On Oct. 13, the first day of in-person early voting, 10,473 people voted in person, a 26% increase over the same day during the 2016 general election.

 

Lubbock County Elections Administrator Dorothy Kennedy said polling places usually experience a weekend lull. The number of people who voted in person over the weekend was less than during the week, but still exceeded past election cycles. Combined, 7,986 people voted Saturday and Sunday. That’s a 43% increase compared to the sixth and seventh days of early voting in 2016. 

 

The early voting period was extended six days in Texas this year, an effort to keep crowd size manageable during the pandemic. It continues through Oct. 30. 

 

Election Day is Nov. 3. Learn more about voting in Lubbock County here

 

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