Steady Stream Of Voters At Polling Stations Across El Paso

POSTED: Tuesday, November 2, 2010 - 2:01pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, November 2, 2010 - 7:40pm

EL PASO -- Election Day is here and tens of thousands of you are making your voices heard. The El Paso County Elections Department has been slammed with phone calls from people asking where to vote and there's been a steady stream of people heading into polling places around town all day long.

"It's important that you voice your opinion. It's your democracy," said Jay Heins.

"You know, go vote! Because then you can't complain who won or not. You need your input in what you want," said voter Ana Grejada.

More than 40,000 voted early in the election and the Elections Department expects upwards of 50,000 to vote today on Election Day.

Across town, phones at the El Paso County Election Department's call center have been ringing non-stop. Around 20 extra staffers were brought in to man a special Election Day phone bank on the third flood of the El Paso County Courthouse. Elections Administrator Javier Chacon says the heavy call volume is a very good sign.

"They've been very busy and that's a good indication that people are heading to the polls," said Chacon. "We're averaging at least 100 calls every 20 minutes."

Chacon says there were thousands of calls from voters all over El Paso County. Most had the same questions.

"People are asking, 'Where should I go to vote? Am I registered to vote?'," said Chacon.

Polls close at 7:00 p.m. so you still have time.

Tune in to NewsChannel 9 at 10 for election results.

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