Caleb Chappell, a TCU freshman, said he was at the election not only to vote for Konni Burton in the District 10 state senate race, but also to encourage others to vote for her.
Chappell was one of the many candidate advocates out at voting sites since 6:30 a.m. Tuesday.
“I’m voting for Burton because I’m worried about our future. Burton stands for keeping taxes low, cutting government spending and [keeping] traditional family values,” Chappell said.
Burton is headed for a runoff with former state Rep. Mark Shelton.
Alongside Chappell was candidate Jay Lapham, who was running for district judge on the Republican ballot.
Lapham said he was impressed with voter turnout Tuesday but was disappointed in the lack of voting-aged students. Lapham ended up third in his race for the Republican nomination for 297th District Court judge.
Mike and Nancy Saenz of the Ridglea Hills neighborhood said they always come out to vote.
“We’re here to support Wendy Davis,” Nancy Saenz said, “We are strong supporters of Democratic principles, like education and women’s health, so that’s why we voted for Wendy Davis,” Saenz said.
Roy and Ysela Beatrice of the River Park neighborhood agreed.
“We’re here to get rid of Perry,” Roy Beatrice said. “I don’t like his policies. I actually don’t really like anything about him.”
Ysela Beatrice agreed but said she supported Wendy Davis because of her stance on education.
“I’m a teacher, so education is obviously something important to me,” she said. “The Rainy Day Fund was supposed to be used for education, but Perry gave it to water and never gave us a reason why. So it’s time for someone to be in office who is going to promote an education reform.”
Mary Alice Harry said she was voting for Davis “because she’s just not so conservative, and I think that’s what we need.”
Besides politics, many voters complained about the voting location.
The Country Day location was a change from last year’s voting site.
The Saenzes said they don’t let their age stop them from coming to vote, but the new location almost did.
The Saenzes said they were not able to walk down the winding path to the voting center and had to wait for officials to bring their ballots to them outside while they sat on a cement walkway.
“First off, there are no signs, so we drove around trying to find the building, then there was no parking, and then it’s a hike just to get to vote. This, along with the new Texas Voter ID Law, really irritates me,” said Nancy Saenz.
“I would say this has been a negative voting experience for me,” Mike Saenz said.
Mary Alice Harry agreed.
“This location is a disaster. We went to the wrong building because there are no addresses anywhere, there are crazy speed bumps, but we always vote,” she said. “It was just a little harder this time around.”