Texas Dead Last in Voter Turnout

Published 02/17 2014 05:12PM

Updated 02/18 2014 05:49PM

By Ashley Hinson

LUBBOCK, TX --Everything isn't bigger in Texas after all, at least when it comes to voter turnout.

According to a study from the University of Texas' nonpartisan Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life, Texas is dead last in voter turnout. Only 36% of voters showed up at the polls in the 2010 mid-term election, but Dorothy Kennedy, Lubbock County Elections Administrator, said the excuses for the disappointing number are endless.

"I've heard everything from we don't like the candidates, we don't know the issue, its not convenient," said Kennedy.

"If we have a low turnout you have a very small number of people who are making the choice for everybody."

So how does Lubbock stack up to the state's average?

Apparently not so well. Kennedy said that same year only 24% of voters participated in the election.

"We're not a standout town," Kennedy said. "When you have over 153,000 voters you want to definitely see more than 36,000 turnout, so were hoping everybody will get involved and get your voice heard."

Early voting for the March 4th primary runs from Tuesday, February 18 - February 28.

A photo ID is now requited to vote.

For a list of polling locations and approved forms of photo ID visit


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