Early voting ends in Travis County with record turnout

FILE - Voting sign (KXAN File Photo)
FILE - Voting sign (KXAN File Photo)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Early voting came to a close Friday night with more people casting their ballots this year compared to 2008 and 2012.

According to the Travis County Elections Office, more than 50 percent of registered voters or 372,188 people cast their ballots since early voting started Oct. 24.

While it started out strong during the first week of early voting, the number of voters coming back to the polls after the weekend significantly dropped off. The first day of early voting in Travis County saw 47,019 voters cast a ballot. Compare that to the following Monday, where it dropped by nearly half to 25,404 coming to vote. Throughout the week the numbers each day remained less than 30,000.

Travis County hoped to get 75 percent of voters to the polls early. The turnout still broke the 2008 early voting record of 49.6 percent and also surpassed the 2012 turnout of 37.4 percent of registered voters.

Officials say to expect long lines and wait time, despite opening more than 100 voting locations. Polls close at 7 p.m. on Election Day, but as long as you’re in line before then, you can still cast your ballot.

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