Close to 37,000 People Cast Their Ballot During Early Voting in Midland/Odessa

By Sylvia Gonzalez
NewsWest 9

ODESSA/MIDLAND - Over the last two weeks, close to 37,000 registered voters have cast their early ballot in both Midland and Odessa combined.

According to Ector County Election Administrator, Mitzi Scheible, close to 19,000 registered voters cast their ballot in Ector County. It might seem like a large number but its about 4,000 less than four years ago.

Scheible says although Odessa has seen a population growth they haven't seen an increase in the number of registered voters.

"The population here in Odessa is definitely growing but we are even lower in the numbers of registered voters. We only have 66,700 and something registered voters. I think a lot of people are here working temporarily and they just don't want to give up their residency in other counties," Scheible said.

However, the low voter turnout has not been the case in Midland, as a matter of fact the main election office has seen about 1,000 voters everyday, a number that does not surprise Midland County Elections Administrator Ruth Sloan.

"Midland has had an excellent turnout. I've said all along that the elections office would vote over one thousand a day, they have," Sloan said.

Sloan says unlike Odessa, the population growth has brought in more registered voters and with such an expensive school bond on the ballot that has certainly attracted more voters.

"As you know Ector County and Midland both have a school bond election and that always brings a lot of the voters because they are very interested either for their children or for the tax dollar," Sloan said.

Both Sloan and Scheible know people still have time to vote and would like to encourage them to do their civil duty.

"Definitely come out Tuesday, if you missed early voting," Sloan said.

"Be sure to vote, it's very important that you vote because if you don't vote, you can't complain," Scheible said.