Early voters confident they won't change their minds before Election Day
By BY DIANNA WRAY - DWRAY@VICAD.COM
Oct. 22, 2012 at 5:22 a.m.
Updated Oct. 23, 2012 at 5:23 a.m.
The presidential candidates still had one debate to go, but Bill Key's mind was made up.
Key, 86, walked into the election administration office on Monday afternoon ready to vote and was certain that nothing he would hear at the debate Monday night would change who he wanted to cast his ballot for.
"I'm 86 years old and I might kick the bucket before it's time to vote and I wanted to get my licks in before then," Key said.
He has voted in every presidential election since Harry S. Truman.
"You can't expect to gripe about what's happening if you haven't been involved," he said.
He was just one of more than 1,100 Victoria County residents who flooded into the early voting booths on Monday to cast their ballot. Even as the presidential candidates prepared for their final debate on foreign policy, these voters had already determined who they would be supporting. There were 1,132 votes cast in person on Monday.
Emma Buckner put in her vote on Monday because she'll be working as a pollster on Election Day, and doesn't want to stop working to go cast her own vote.
Buckner said she has known who would get her vote for months now. She didn't need to wait to see what would be said at the debate or what would happen in the next few days because she is sure of her choice.
"I think the person I voted for has done a good job and will do a good a job," Buckner said. "I have faith and confidence in who I voted for."
Elizabeth Vess and her husband, Chester Vess, said they wanted to get their vote cast to avoid the long lines on Election Day. They were in agreement that nothing they might learn in the debate Monday night or in the days to come could sway their vote.
"What can we learn now that we don't already know?" Vess said. "Where we're at now is just horrible. It's time to get in there and do what needs to be done."
County Court-at-Law Judge Laura Weiser came out of the election office with a smile on her face, having cast her vote. Weiser said she has known who would get her vote for a long time, so she decided to vote early to make sure her vote would be cast.
"I always vote early because it's my right, and I want to make sure it gets done. Nothing would prevent me from casting my ballot," Weiser said.