It takes an effort for Mabel Rector to make it to the polls. She's elderly and walks with a cane. She needs a helping hand from her daughter. A big favor so she can proudly participate in the democratic process. " You never know whether we will be able to vote again or not because my age and it will be another 4 years, I guess, before we have an opportunity to vote on the president, " said Rector following her vote.
Steadily voters exercise the right to vote. Then there are all the mail in ballots that arrive daily. Keeping up with it all creates a busy day for election coordinator Debra Gaston. Post it notes line her computer indicating what all it takes to run a major election. Election coordinator Debra Gaston said, "We will be delivering equipment this weekend to some of the polling places. We have a school on Saturday for election judges and a school on Sunday. "
The Secretary of State says if the voting trends continue through election day, Texas will set a record for turnout in a primary election with 3.3 million Texans casting a ballot. Gaston said, " As far as ballots go, it's anyone's guess, but we're prepared. "
Party chairs are excited to see people of both parties energized about voter participation. Democratic party chair Tim Garrigan said, ' Yesterday the democrats were within 20 votes of the republicans and we have no real contested primary races on the local level here, so that's extraordinary. " Republican party chair Jackie Yates said, " It's very, very important to take your local concerns and put them on the forefront of your consideration when you cast that vote. "