Let the Voting Begin

by Jessica Cervantez

For the first time East Texas counties will have electronic voting and election administrators say they are ready to put the new voting machines to use.

But, just how many people plan to vote?

Lela Robertson, from Lufkin, said, "I plan to vote, but if I don't know if I'll make it, and if I don't I'm not going to worry about it."

But, Kenneth Perry said he does plan to vote.

Perry said, "I plan to vote, because voting does make a difference."

Angelina County Election Administrator Bill Shanklin doesn't expect any problems with the new electronic voting machines as voters cast their ballots. It is the counting afterwards where they might have some obstacles."

Shanklin said, "There maybe a hold-up tomorrow night counting all the information. There are two people to help see to it that we don't have any problems."

The state expects about 13% of registered voters to turn out. Shanklin says he expects Angelina County to be at least that much or higher.

"If you don't vote, you don't have the right to complain," Shanklin said.)