Texas Voters Have Their Say

Early voting for the Texas primaries hit record numbers. Election officials braced for the same type of turn-out today. Houston Public Radio’s Capella Tucker visited three polling locations to see what the mood is.


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“In Texas you must come back. You have the two-step system.”

Lenny Muse is making sure that voters will come back for the precinct conventions.

“I am 72 years old and I haven’t seen anything like it.  And I have been going to the polls starting when I was very young with my parents up in East Texas when they were paying poll tax.  And I’m just excited about this year, I have never seen anything like it before.”

The polling location just southeast of downtown is also drawing the younger generation.

At 25 years old Christian Campbell says political candidates can affect his life.

“For me definitely high up on the list is the health care and the things that can be done for the people in the urban communities. I think kind of how things are right now are the rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer and basically the middle class is being eliminated.”

The fact that presidential nominees are not completely locked up, at least on the Democratic side, did not seem to be the main draw for voters.

Just north of downtown Houston, several families came to vote during the lunch hour. Marie brought her 18 year old daughter Theresa to the polls.

“It’s hard because it’s my first time, and I mean us teenagers need our voice also to be heard. ‘What are some of the issues that grab your attention when the politicians are talking?’ The war in Iraq, I mean, we want our troops to come back. We have families over there and we want them back over here.”

A trip over to a Kirby district polling location found Nick Florescu taking time out of the day to have a say in the primary.

“Well I think it’s an important time for our nation right now. And although I’ve been a stout Republican I decided to go the other way, going for that change vote.  And I, again, it’s an important time in the United States and hopefully the change will be a good one.”

The lunch-time voters all were aware of the precinct conventions.  In the unscientific survey, voters at the southeast polling location were the ones who showed the most interest in completing the Texas two-step voting process.  Capella Tucker, Houston Public Radio News.

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