HOUSTON—It's easy to notice the signs in front of early voting centers. There are many names and faces of people who want to win on Election day. Although is anyone noticing a buzz about the campaigns?
"There is no pizzazz to it this year," said an unidentified voter in front of the Multi-Service Center on West Gray.
The focus this year is on the race for Houston Mayor. Peter Brown, Annise Parker, Gene Locke and Roy Morales are vying in Houston's first open mayoral election since 2003, when Bill White was elected.
Three weeks before Election Day it seems the front-runner is "Undecided."
Poll results from a new Houston Chronicle poll says 36 percent of voters are undecided about their top candidate. It's a big number and a big reason political analyst Nancy Sims thinks there may be no wait at the voting booths.
"Well it's a bit under that radar, part of the problem is that the candidates are very similar, so the passion you would see in support of people with different views isn't there," Sims said.
Something else not there, a line at early voting centers today. There was no wait at most polling locations. Although, overall voter turnout today should be meet or exceed the turnout from the first day of early voting back in 2003, the election won by Bill White.
"But what we need to remember is that over the last six years more and more people have chosen to vote early, which may mean that on Election Day we may have a lower voter turnout than we did back in 2003, " Kevin Mauzy, from the Harris County Clerks office, said.