Early voting for the November 3 general election begins tomorrow (Tuesday) and runs through October 30. Gov. Greg Abbott (R) extended the normally two-week early voting period to three weeks in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Harris Co. reported it has mailed out 235K ballots as of the weekend, representing 9.5% of the county’s registered voters. In the 2016 general election, about 100K absentee ballots were cast, corresponding to 7.5% of registered voters. The deadline to request an absentee ballot is October 23.

About 240K absentee ballots – not including Harris Co. – have been returned statewide as of yesterday (Sunday), which is 1.4% of the state’s 16.9M registered voters. The Secretary of State will release a final voter registration number in the next week or so. For reference, there were 15.1M registered voters in November 2016.

Historically, only the 15 counties with the most registered voters reported their daily in person and absentee voting totals, so we’ll continue to use that metric to compare turnout to past years.

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