Lufkin residents explain why they do (or don't) vote

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - By Holley Nees - email

LUFKIN, Texas (KTRE) - Rain or shine, some East Texans say by walking through the election doors they know they're making a difference.

"I would swim, I would swim to get to that voting poll," Ann Parker said.

"It's an obligation you owe to your country to vote, you can't complain about anything if you're not voting," C.R. Shilling said.

"I think everybody should get out and vote," Linda Denning said. "If you want anything changing, you need to come out and vote."

Linda Denning hasn't made it to the poll yet, but she'll be there before it closes.

"I just got a text message from my auntie from Washington and she said you 'need to go vote, I just did it,' so I'm going to do it," Denning said.

Some say it's a right too many ignore.

"I do normally vote. I served in the military and I think voting is extremely important and I think it's a right that a lot of people fought for and that we shouldn't take for granted," Derek Cormier said.

He just moved to East Texas and plans to register this year, but says he's not sure everyone should cast a ballot.

"As I hate to tell people not to vote, if you're not informed about what the candidate believes, then it can lead to a disaster," Cormier said.

Early voting numbers were promising for Angelina and Nacogdoches Counties, but election officials think that's because it was such a big election with the governor's seat at stake.

But, out of the 47,000 registered voters in Angelina County, only a fraction of those will turn out.

"No, I haven't voted and I don't plan to," Ryan Smith said. "I'll start to vote later in life. I don't know, I'm just not really into politics."

To vote or not to vote, it's a choice everyone will make today.

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