Early Voting in Lubbock and What’s On the Midterm Ballot
Early voting for the midterm election continues and on Tuesday, the second day of early voting, approximately 9106 voters cast their ballots for the midterm election, according to statistics provided by the Lubbock County Elections Office.
That’s just under the 9191 voters who went to the polls when early voting began on Monday, October 22. During the 2014 midterms, an average of 2,235 people voted on each day of the 12-day early voting period in Lubbock County.
This year, if the daily trend continues, more than 108,000 people will have voted before early voting ends on November 2nd. That’s roughly 3/5ths of all registered voters in Lubbock County. For comparison, the 2014 midterms saw only 44,467 total early votes.
If you plan on voting early in the midterms, there ware more than thirteen different items on the ballot to consider. Most notably, the high profile race between incumbent Senator Ted Cruz and his democrat opponent, Beto O’Rourke. Neal Dikeman is also in the running as a Libertarian.
Also on the ballot; the race for U.S. Representative of Lubbock’s own District 19, between the incumbent Republican Jodey Arrington and Miguel Levario. For the Governorship, several polls show that incumbent Greg Abbott holds a steady 7 to 15 point lead over democrat Lupe Valdez.
There are several other Republican incumbents up for reelection. Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick is up for re-election, as well as Attorney General Ken Paxton, Comptroller Glenn Hegar, Commissioner of the General Land Office George P. Bush, Commissioner of Agriculture Sid Miller, and Railroad Commissioner Christi Craddick, just to name a few.
Lubbockites will also be voting on a special bond election for Lubbock ISD worth $130 million dollars and a two percent increase to the hotel occupancy tax, which would be used to fund the proposed $50 million dollar Expo Center.