Early Voting Turnout Increases In El Paso County
EL PASO -- Early voter turnout increased significantly in El Paso for the 2012 primary elections compared to 2010.
In the 2010 March primaries, a little more than 26,000 registered voters took part in early voting. This year close to 33,000 people took to the polls before election day, a 25 percent more than two years ago.
"Wow that's terrific for El Paso," said Beverly Rebe, who voted early. "It really shows people are interested in getting out and voting and supporting their candidate."
Those candidates seem to be in the democratic primary. That's where about 27,000 people voted compared to just under 6,000 on the republican side.
Rebe said it's the congressional District 16 race that's bringing more people to the polls because of the big name candidates.
"We have a younger person that has a lot of young support and we have an old veteran, and I think it's created some real interest," Rebe said.
The two presumed front-runners are incumbent Silvestre Reyes and former city representative Beto O'Rourke.
Voters say for the first time in a long time, Reyes has some stiff competition.
"There are a lot of people that are tired of Silvestre Reyes and Beto appeals to the younger crowd and offers a very fine alternative," said Bill Driscoll.
Driscoll added whatever the reason maybe for the higher voter turnout, he's glad more people are voicing their opinions.
"This is your right and I think it's been a disgrace in the past that so few voted," Driscoll said. "This can only be good."
The primary elections are May 29th.