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03/07/06 - Nacogdoches

Last Minute Campaigning

by Donna McCollum

Primary day is the last day of campaigning for candidates in races where the winner will not face an opponent in November. On this day those candidates do agree on something. Jocelyn Blake stopped briefly in her husband's headquarters to say, "I'm feeling good. I'm positive and ready for it to be over with." That pretty much sums it up for all candidates.

It's down to who turns out the vote. Rep. Roy Blake described his day. "We're double checking our list of supporters of who haven't voted early and making phone calls to those folks just on the telephone, going to different places, just reminding people to vote."

By the time most voters reach the polling place they know who they're going to vote for, but it's that small percentage of indecisive voters that campaign workers try to reach. Even if it means recruiting home schoolers seeking extra credit. Nicholas Reese waved Wayne Christian signs on the corner of the North loop and University Drive. "You get 40 hours of service in a political venue you will get good citizenship award," explained Reese.

The lesson Reese is learning is few citizens don't care enough to vote. Wayne Christian said, "The issue is who is really going to show up at the polls. And what has concerned us of course is in the past so few turn out for a primary vote." This year is no exception. By noon on voting day only ten people had voted at one of the larger Nacogdoches polling places. Pretty pathetic says election administrator Debra Gaston. The low turnout gave her more time to work out kinks on new voter equipment. Gaston said, "Our trouble shooters are calling in if there are any error messages on any of the equipment and then we have a representative to help us out with any problems."

Election workers are anticipating an early night thanks to mega fast counting machines. Good news for candidates who say more than once, 'They are ready for it to be all over with. "

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