Lubbock mayoral race sees sharp increase in voter turnout

Nov 4, 2020
Stephen Sanders and his campaign manager crowd around a phone to look at preliminary results for the mayoral race. At this point in the night Dan Pope has 56% of the votes.
Kaysie Ellingson

After a delay due to the pandemic, the Lubbock mayoral race garnered 500% more votes than the last time the office was up for election. 

Mayor Dan Pope earned a third two-year term with 56% of votes Tuesday night, according to unofficial, final results from the Lubbock County Elections Office. 

A total of 87,636 people voted between incumbent Pope and political outsider Stephen Sanders. That's 72% of total voter turnout, which shattered records for the city. Records show 120,882 people voted early, by mail or on election day, almost 66% of total registered voters. 

Shelby Tauber for The Texas Tribune

From The Texas Tribune: 

Without Christie Mooney, there is no election for Archer County’s 6,000 registered voters this year. No one else in the rural enclave near Wichita Falls in north Texas is responsible for registering voters, opening mail-in ballots, setting up polling stations, training poll workers, running the website, studying election code or pretty much anything else that comes along.

Here's how votes are counted in Texas

Nov 2, 2020
Jordan Vonderhaar for The Texas Tribune

This article is made possible through Votebeat, a nonpartisan reporting project covering local election integrity and voting access. This article is available for reprint under the terms of Votebeat’s republishing policy.

Early voter turnout strong in Lubbock

Oct 19, 2020
Sarah Self-Walbrick/Texas Tech Public Media

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.


Jordan Vonderhaar for the Texas Tribune

From the Texas Tribune: 

Texas voters will not be able to select every candidate of a major political party with one punch, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday, upholding a 2017 state law that ends the popular practice of straight-ticket voting for this year’s general election.