Election day is here and voter turnout is low

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Tuesday is election day, but not too many East Texans have made it to the voting booth to consider everything from constitutional amendments to school district bond proposals. The polls don't close until 7 p.m., and the election administrator, Thelma "Midget" Sherman, said out of the 46,600 registered voters in Angelina County only 844 have voted.

She said it's not uncommon in these types of elections because constitutional amendments don't always draw the voters.

She said part of the problem is voters don't always understand what they're voting on.  However, Sherman said the low turnout is frustrating because a lot of work goes into planning an election, not to mention plenty of your tax dollars.

"It takes as much to put on a small election as it does to put on a big election and with all the electronic equipment and the cost to have staff to work the polling places," explained Sherman.

She said when you head to vote you need to bring a picture ID, a driver's license, and your voter registration card.

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