Early Voting Begins Across the Country

Sylvia Gonzalez
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND/ODESSA - Early voting for the November elections began this week and on Monday, lines of eager voters were wrapped around the Midland County Annex ready to cast their ballot but things were a little slower in Odessa. Overall people NewsWest 9 spoke to said they're just eager to have their voices heard in this important election.

As of 11 a.m. Monday morning, over 500 people cast their ballots for the Ector County Elections. Ruth Sloan, Election Administrator for Midland County, tells NewsWest 9 they have also seen a big voter turnout and expect it to continue throughout early voting.

"I've been telling everybody, I expect the office down here to vote probably over 1,000 everyday, minimum," Sloan said.

That's because not only is it a presidential election, but there is a pricey school bond to vote for. The school bond in the Tall City has a price tag of $163 million, it would renovate the 24 elementary schools, add two new schools, replace Bunche Elementary and update their campus technology.

"We do know that we had a huge increase in registration and a lot of that has to do with the influx of people coming into the Permian Basin," Sloan said.
However that's not that case for Ector County. Even though they are also voting on a multi-million dollar school bond that would create three elementary schools, expand the two high schools and move to a middle school concept, we're told fewer voters have registered this year than four years ago, even though the population in Odessa has grown.

"I find it kind of odd because we have so many people here in Odessa right now that are working. My thinking is I believe a lot of people don't want to give up their residency if they're from other states," Ector County Election Administrator, Mitzi Scheible, said. 
For one Odessa resident, it doesn't matter when you vote or who you vote for, just as long as you do it. 
"When you don't vote, you allow someone to take a decision for you, you are trying to allow somebody to shape your life, your destiny," Odessa resident, William Amoiaw, said.