Texans Cast More Early Voting Ballots Than 2016 Total

Texas leads nation in early voting

Texans have cast more early voting ballots than they did in the 2016 presidential election as of Friday. 

More than 9 million ballots were cast this year, a 100,000 rise from last year’s 8.9 million total. Voters in Texas don’t register by party affiliation, so as of now it’s unknown which side will gain from this influx of voters, according to an Associated Press News article.

In this election, more than 16.9 million Texas have registered, a 1.8 million increase compared to 2016, where only about 15.1 million registered, according to an Associated Press News article.

Texas is the first state to surpass its 2016 voting total according to the United States Election Project. This occurred despite Texas having the most restrictive voting process in the country, according to a national cost-of-voting study.

Historically, Texas has had a low voter turnout compared to the rest of the nation. The state’s voter turnout was ranked the fifth worst in the country.

Democrats see this as an opportunity for a breakthrough in the historically red state.

“Texas isn’t a red state. It’s a non-voting state,” former U.S. representative Beto O’Rourke said in 2018.

In the last election cycle, only 51 percent of registered voters showed up, according to a survey from Statista, a consumer data company.

U.S. Vice President candidate Kamala Harris hosted a drive-in rally in Fort Worth on Friday.

“Y’all have been doing your thing,” Senator Harris said.

Early voting in Texas ended Friday. Texans have one last chance to cast a vote on Election Day.