POSTED: Wednesday, November 7, 2012 - 12:00pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, November 7, 2012 - 12:14pm
Longview, TX — Fewer people voted in the 2012 general election in Gregg County than in 2008 — slightly.
In the 2012 election, 41,366 voters cast ballots, comprising 60.68 percent of the county’s total registered voters. That compared to 43,233 votes cast in 2008, which accounted for 60.21 percent of the county’s registered voters at that time.
“It helped tremendously that 30,000 people voted early, otherwise we would have had all those calls and all those long lines at the polling places,” Gregg County Elections Administrator Kathryn Nealy said. “When you get our precinct by precinct you’ll see one of our biggest polls had about 800 voters so they ran maybe between 400-800 per polling place which is a good turnout but would have been much higher if we hadn’t had such a really good response to early. So kudos to our voters for voting early, it helped us, it helped them.”
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