LUBBOCK, Texas (KCBD) – Tuesday is Election Day and across the country voters are gearing up to cast their ballots, if they haven’t already.
In Lubbock County, polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. Officials from the Lubbock County Elections Office suggest getting to the polls as soon as possible.
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Just under 57,000 people voted early in the county. More than 188,000 are registered, according to the elections office.
Workers expect between 25,000 and 30,000 voters to turn out on Tuesday. Long queues are therefore expected at many polling stations.
Additionally, voters might need a little more time this year as the office introduces a new step: paper ballots.
“It takes a little longer to vote now with the paper system,” said Roxzine Stinson, Lubbock County Elections Administrator. “But we are waiting for lines because so many people have been waiting for Election Day. And that’s normal, that’s the norm, so.
Voters will register as usual with photo ID and then receive an access code.
After that, they are given a ballot. Then voters can complete their ballot electronically.
Once completed, they can check the ballot before printing it. Even after a ballot is printed, voters can check if everything looks OK again.
This printed sheet will then be delivered to a ballot counter, which is the most important step in ensuring the vote is cast.
“You can’t take him home. Because this document is our audit, it’s for our backup audit for recounts or whatever else comes up,” Stinson said. “So if you bring it home, you lost your vote, your vote didn’t count.”
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