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      Election officials: Early voter turnout is higher than previous years

      Early voting has been open for a week now and both Potter and Randall Counties say the turnout has been higher than previous years.

      "Numbers are up considerably. It's almost twice as much as we had in 2007, 2009 and 2011 at this time, and mail ballots are up more than significantly," said Shannon Lackley, Randall County elections administrator.

      There have been more than 1,000 early votes in Potter County as of today.

      "I compared it to 2011, which would have been a comparable election and they ended up with almost 1,300 total. We still have a week of early voting to go plus Election Day,â?? Melynn Huntley, Potter County elections administrator.

      This is the first statewide election since the voter identification law was passed. Contrary to the anticipated problems, things have been going smoothly, according to election officials.

      The mobile election stations have been travelling around Texas Randall County since Friday. Lackley says no election identification certificates have been issued the stations.

      Name discrepancies are not a large problem either. Many voters were worried that the difference in their name between their photo ID and the voter registration database would cause complications.

      Huntley assures voters that small differences will not keep them from voting.

      "We look at totality of circumstances. If its similar and the date of birth matchâ?|they're going to get to vote,â?? Huntley said.

      Both Lackey and Huntley agree that the controversial issues of the proposed constitutional state amendments and the Amarillo Recreational Complex are responsible for the high voter turnout.

      Early voting is open through Nov. 2. More information can be found at the Randall County election website or the Potter County Election website.