What record voter registration could mean in November

FILE - Vote Here sign (KXAN File Photo)
FILE - Vote Here sign (KXAN File Photo)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — More than 15 million Texans have registered to vote for the first time in state history.

As of Thursday, 15,015,700 people are registered to vote according to the Texas Secretary of State’s office. That’s 78 percent of the estimated 19.3 million Texans who are old enough to vote.

Since Texas has never had this many registered voters, the Lone Star State could see record turnout when voters head to the polls Nov. 8.

In 2012, 13,646,226 Texans were registered to vote. But only 58.6 percent of those registered, turned out to vote.

If the number of registered voters did not change and the same ratio of voters turned out this year, 8,796,197 Texans—800,000 more than 2012—would cast ballots.

Voter turnout was higher in 2008, the last time an incumbent President was not seeking reelection, when 13,575,062 were registered to vote. In the race between then-Senator Barack Obama and Senator John McCain, 59.5 percent of Texans registered to vote, went to the polls.

But if early voting is any indicator, turnout could be higher if Texas voters give their electoral votes to Donald Trump.

In March of this year, more Republicans voted in a Presidential primary (2,836,488 to be exact) in Texas since at least 1970, according to records from the Texas Secretary of State’s office.

In the Democratic primary, only 1,435,895 people cast ballots, that’s down from 22.54 percent in 2008, the last time an incumbent President was not running for reelection.

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