Early Voting

Angelina County (KTRE) - A steady stream of voters, two lines deep, all wanting a voice in this year's election, is keeping election officials on their toes.  They say is has been this way all week in Angelina County.  One after another, people of all ages are casting their ballot.

Among Wednesday's voters was 90 year old Elsie Poland, who was escorted by her son. "I wanted to make sure she cast her ballot because this is America and that's what it's all about," said Ms. Poland's son.  Ms. Elsie says over her lifetime, she has voted in more elections than she can remember.  She says it's a privilege that should not be taken for granted.

Statewide, Texas has seen an 800,000 person jump in the number of registered voters since the March primaries. State election officials say 13.5 million Texans are now registered for the Nov. 4 general election.

Nationally, election and party officials say Democrats are dominating early voting in six key states, putting the Republicans behind even before Election Day dawns.  Election and party officials say Democrats have been outnumbering early voting Republicans in Iowa, North Carolina, Florida, Colorado, New Mexico and Nevada.  President Bush won all six of those states in 2004, and McCain needs to win most of them to claim the White House.

Never before have so many Americans cast their votes before Election Day.

Early voting continues through Friday.