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Nearly 15K East Texans come out during first week of early voting

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ANGELINA COUNTY, TX (KTRE) -

If you found yourself waiting in line to cast your vote this week, you're not alone.

Since the very first day of early voting East Texans have come out in record numbers.

"I wanted to make certain my vote counted this year,” early voter,” Richard Martinez said.

So far more than 15 million Americans had that same thought.

"You got to go vote,” early voter, Hubert Gresham said. “That's just the way it works."

Deciding between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump has brought nearly 15,000 of East Texans to the polls during early voting.

"I think they need to look at the candidates and what they stand for,” Martinez said.

Another thing that has people casting in their ballot is fear.

"Trump scares the hell out of me,” Gresham said.

Voter’s strong beliefs that one of the nominees are unfit for the position is another reason they came out in numbers.

"America was founded on such great principles and I think if we elect a candidate that doesn't follow those or can't follow the law herself, then there is no point in having a government at all,” first time voter, Molly McReynolds said referring to Clinton.

"I'm afraid of what he's going to try to do,” Gresham said referring to Trump. “We have to do a land slide for Hillary because she's not the evil demon that people says she is. She's a good woman and a politician."

"I voted on my convictions and I look at the candidates to see what they stand for and I have made my choice, I voted Republican,” Martinez said.

This year's election season has brought some East Texans out for the first time.

"My mom and my coworkers really have been preaching to me about how important it is to vote and they really made me feel like my vote will make a difference,” first time voter, Kristen Jones said.


"As Americans and as free people, we should exercise that right and take advantage of it, because there are a lot of people that take it for granted,” McReynolds said.

No matter which side you're leaning more towards, many East Texans who stood in lines during the first week of early voting agreed on one thing, and that's voicing your vote.

"Get out and vote,” Gresham said. "Make sure you take part in this year's election, because that's what it's all about, being an American."

"Get out and vote,” McReynolds said.

 "Come out here and vote because it will make a difference,” Jones said.

In Angelina County 7,383 people have voted so far and in Nacogdoches County 7,615 have cast their ballot.

Early voting ends on November 4.

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