1/6 As of Friday, 1,983,090 people voted in person or by mail in Texas’ 10 largest counties — 20% of registered voters in those counties.

57% of Texas’ registered voters live in these 10 counties, according to the secretary of state.

2/6 Due to the pandemic, this election’s early voting period was extended by a week, and officials are expecting a surge in mail-in voting.

Both factors could contribute to higher turnout for early voting.
3/6 Two key Texas counties have seen a rush of voters coming to the polls during early voting.

Harris County has gotten attention for long lines. But Denton County has had the largest increase in early voting over 2016 so far.
4/6 As of Friday, 27% of registered voters in Denton County had cast their ballots in the 2020 election. That’s up from the county’s 2016 turnout of 18% in the same period.
5/6 Harris County also saw a jump in turnout. By the fourth day of early voting in 2016, 16% of the county’s registered voters had participated.

This year, turnout for the same period jumped to 21%.
6/6 Stay up-to-date as we update our daily tracker through the early early voting period, which runs from Oct. 13 to Oct. 30.


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