Jim Gold talking to voter about importance about local elections.

Irritated by Donald Trump’s indirect answers to questions and Hillary Clinton’s tendency to fluctuate on her interests and standards, James Hinojosa decided to not vote this year.

“The candidates don’t really appeal to me,” Hinojosa said.

Despite what many Americans see as a tough decision this year, many others have indeed cast ballots.

Some 50,369 Nueces County residents had voted early as of Nov. 2, the 10th day of early voting. Just 48,172 had voted by the same time in 2012. Del Mar College’s Heldenfels Administration Building, an early voting location, saw 2,710 cast ballots through the first 10 days of early voting. Election Day is Nov. 8.

“It is every American’s duty to use that right (to vote),” said DMC student Angel Ramirez. Ramirez has voted and said even though he disagrees with this election’s political views, the voters must decide between the last two standing to make the best decision.

Psychology professor Teresa Klein is ecstatic that people from all over the state are coming out in record numbers.

“It has been tremendous. I couldn’t be more proud of our ‘Viking Voters’!” Klein said.

According to The Texas Tribune website, Texas still remains the lowest voting-age participation state, stating, “Texas pulled in more than 4.2 million voters in its March 1 primaries, the most in state history, according to the secretary of state, but that number accounts for only 21.5 percent of residents 18 and older.”

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