Importance of Early Voting
Twenty five thousand people voted in the democratic primary election back in May. As early voting begins for the run off election this week, there is hopes more voters will head out to the poles.
"We have 106,000 or 107,000 registered voters. you do the math. That's 75,000 or more did not vote."
Webb county democratic party chair, Sylvia Palumbo, says she wants to tell those people who stayed away from the polls how important it is to vote, especially when it comes to the way the county is run.
"A lot of people are complaining. And when they complain, 'I always ask them did you vote?' and they say no and I say 'don't complain then.' You should go out and vote."
Palumbo mentioned a story she recently heard from a candidate in Austin.
"She won by 8 votes. However, her opponent asked for a recount and then she actually went down to 4 votes. So if you don't think your vote counts, ask that lady that won that election."
We hit the streets of Laredo to see who is planning to vote.
"You have to go vote. You want to have your vote exercised...you gotta go vote."
"Yes I think it's important to vote because it's good for our community."
"I think you do need to make some time to go vote. It's very important."
But not everyone is planning to go vote this week.
"Probably not. I don't have a lot of time so not really."
"Well I guess we're just lazy sometimes. We have to get some time and go vote...do our duty."
Palumbo knows not everyone will vote, but hopes there will be a better turnout than last time.
"Please Laredo, please we want you to go out and vote and let your voices be heard."