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Early Voting Ends

Today was the last day to vote before Election Day. This has been a record year for early voting as many people are worried about being stuck in long lines come Tuesday. Bill Stamps found some Houstonians casting their early ballots.


If you can’t wait for Election Day to hurry up and get here, you’re not alone.

“It has been going on, for what, almost two years now I am ready for it to be over with. Most certainly. I’m looking forward to Wednesday November 5th.”

Dennis Feders is a Houston resident who’ll also be working one of the polling locations on Tuesday.

“I’m probably not going to be able to vote in my own precinct cause I’m going to be so busy so I thought I’d come over hear and vote at the Ripley House. I had heard that the lines were short, and it looks that way.”

Feders voted early because he’ll be busy on Election Day, but just about every other person I spoke with was voting early out of fear. Fear of the line. James Warden, Ethan Anderson and Paula Regan all voted at the Ripley House just east of downtown.

James Warden: “Heavy election, you have to wait in line. I don’t like waiting in line, so I decided to come here.”
Bill Stamps: And how long did it take?

Ethan Anderson: “A little over an hour and a half last time. I think it’s supposed to be longer this time, so I thought I’d come here.
Bill Stamps: “Okay, how did it go?”
Ethan Anderson: ” Ahh it took maybe ten minutes.”

Paula Regan: “This is actually my first time early voting. I’ve always absentee voted. So, it was really quick.”

Voting early didn’t necessarily mean you wouldn’t have to wait in line. While the Ripley House had virtually no wait, at other locations it was just the opposite. Louis Gamboa drove by one polling locating and said no way.

“Ahh, I’m sure it would have been at least an hour over there. I have no idea what the inside of the building looks like, or how long in the inside the line was, but the outside was probably 150 yards easy of people.”

Louis went to the Ripley House and was in and out in a matter of minutes.

Bill Stamps, KUHF Houston Public Radio News.

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