Texans Continue to Ratchet Early Voting Records

More than 50 voting machines filled this location in West Harris County. Voter lines still reached up to an hour. Additional registration equipment was added later in day to reduce wait-times. (Photo: Bob Price/Breitbart Texas)
File Photo: Bob Price/Breitbart Texas

Texans continued their march to the polls in massive numbers on the second day of early voting. Most of the state’s largest counties reported second day numbers above the record setting first-day totals.

In Harris County, which set a new record for first-day voting with 67,471 voters, 73,542 people came out to vote on Tuesday. This represents an increase of 6,071 voters. Including mail-in ballots (64,377) a total of 205,390 people have already voted in the state’s most populous county.

Harris County Clerk Stan Stanart, who runs the nation’s third largest county in terms of elections, told Breitbart Texas he was preparing for the massive numbers by deploying additional equipment and manpower on Tuesday to locations that were showing the largest numbers of voters or where the lines were the longest.

Traditional Republican and Democrat turnout locations both saw increases in voting during the second day of balloting.

Harris County was not alone in its increase in voter turnout on Tuesday. Tarrant County saw an increase from 43,147 to 44,950, according to the county’s election website.

Travis and Bexar Counties also saw increased in voter turnout. Travis County brought 35,296 voters to the polls on Tuesday compared to 33,367 reported on Monday. Bexar County reported an increase from 35,341 to 38,603 voters.

Texas’ second most populous county, Dallas, actually reported a decrease in turnout. The number of voters dropped by 5,000 (58,278 on Monday, 53,278 on Tuesday).

In the Rio Grande Valley, Hidalgo County also reported a decrease in second-day voting. A total of 15,881 voters cast their ballots on Tuesday – down from 18,525 on Monday.

Bob Price serves as associate editor and senior political news contributor for Breitbart Texas. He is a founding member of the Breitbart Texas team. Follow him on Twitter @BobPriceBBTX.


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