ODESSA, Texas (BIG2/FOX24) – Monday marked the last day of early voting registration for the November election. Officials with the election offices in Ector and Midland counties say they have seen a bit of an increase in registration.
Ector County’s Elections Administrator, Lisa Sertuche, says voter registration and turnout vary from election to election. For example, primaries and presidential elections see heightened engagement from potential voters. Voter registration rises to about 10%, while Sertuche is hoping for 5% this November. She says it is usually only about a 1 to 2% for constitutional amendment elections like this.
“We have 76,000 registered voters,” said Sertuche. “So out of the 76%, if 1% comes out, it’s very minimal.”
As of Monday, Ector County stands at 234 registered voters for the November election.
“We should have some more applications coming in through the mail if they’re postmarked by today’s date — October the 7th,” said Sertuche.”
For Midland County, that number is 85,131 registered voter for November. Midland County’s Elections Administrator, Deborah Land, says while it is just over 50%, the county has come a long way. In the 2014 gubernatorial elections, the county only had 75,232 registered voters.