Early voting numbers down in Dallas County

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The Carrollton Public Library is one of 29 early voting sites in Dallas County -- and people are trickling in all day.

"It's a lot easier than trying to vote on election day, and I have school that night so coming out to vote early made sense for me,” said Samantha Cornelius who is voting early.

"I said hey let me get up here during the week, people have to work. I came up here to do what I needed to do and now I'm ready to go home," said Samuel Howard, III who is voting early.

Since the site opened last Monday, about 1,000 people a day have been showing up to vote.

"This process we have now is probably one of the easiest ones so anybody not voting now should be ashamed of themselves," said Deanus Eddings who is voting early.

"I didn't want to stand in line, that's it," said James Barber who is voting early.

But lines haven't been a problem here or at any of the other polling places in Dallas County.

Many people were expecting the long lines we saw in the 2008 general election, but so far that has not happened.

One reason -- the candidates.  President Obama inspired a wave of early voting that year. Now, many of those same voters aren't rushing to get to the polls.

"People may really not be enthusiastic about the election or the type of interest that they had in 2008.  That was really a phenomenal year and it's really kind of hard to top that same thing that same process," said Dallas County Elections Administrator Toni Pippins-Poole.

At this same time in 2008, 316,545 voters in Dallas County had already voted. Those numbers have fallen this election cycle to just over 292,813 -- a difference of nearly 24,000 fewer early votes.

Pippins-Poole says many of those same voters will wait until the last minute.

"That's pretty normal for the voters to wait for the very last day, oops, I got to go and vote and we will have long lines," she said.

She adds republicans in the county are turning out in heavier numbers for early voting than democrats.

"I voted early because my mind has been made up for a long time and I thought I would just do it and know I'd finished the job," said Dorothy Hatch who voted early.

"There are no lines in there right now. They really simplified the ballots so that made it easier too it was a pleasure," said early voter Denise Oglesby.

Early voting ends in Dallas County Friday at 7pm. If you are in line by 7pm, you can still vote.

You do not need picture identification to vote in Texas. However, you will need some form of identification. Acceptable identification includes your voter registration card, social security card, or a utility bill with your name and address.

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