DALLAS COUNTY -- What happens when the Lord's Day becomes Election Day?
"Had to come before the Cowboys!" early voter Desmond Spencer laughed after casting his ballot.
Well, yeah, that's one thing. Also, you continue record early voter turnout in North Texas. Dallas County is one of many that's seen staggering early voting numbers this year.
“We didn’t expect it to be this high, almost in some cases double the number of people who are voting,” said Dallas County Elections Administrator Toni Pippins-Poole.
The question is why are people so primed to get to the polls?
“We felt this was the perfect opportunity for us to have an issues-based discussion to make sure that it was about issues, not about party," Laura Spencer said after she finished early voting with her husband and son.
Another early voter, Justin Greene, said, “It’s the presidential election and just the uncertainty in our country. I don’t think there’s really a good presidential candidate this year, so people are just concerned.”
Another reason is just that every day isn't promised!
“Life is not predictable and anything that can happen the next day," said early voter Abel Ruiz. "If you’ve already made up your mind, it’s best to go ahead and get it done."
Churches have been some of the most popular polling places so far. In fact, Our Redeemer Lutheran Church led the way with an average of more than 3,000 voters per day in the first five days of early voting. So what is it about a holy site that feels right for some voters?
“We get caught up in presidents. I believe in God," Spencer said. "I do the right thing because people die for us to vote, but I believe in God, so he’s my president.”
Get blessed up and voted up. And speaking of blessings, election day's only eight days away.
For information about early voting locations and times, go to: http://www.dallascountyvotes.org/