Early voting turnout has officially surpassed total early turnout in 2014. Through the first five days of early voting, 2.43M people have voted in person and by mail in the 30 counties with the most registered voters. A little over 2.55M people voted during the entire early voting period in 2014 statewide. Just 120K people would have to have voted early in the remaining 224 counties to reach that total 2014 mark, which is incredibly likely.
Texas is not alone. Turnout in Delaware, Indiana, Minnesota, Nevada and Tennessee also exceeds the entire 2014 early turnout, according to Michael McDonald, a Univ. of Florida professor behind the United States Election Project, which tracks turnout and voter participation nationwide. Georgia and North Carolina are close to eclipsing their 2014 early turnout, and early voting is generally brisk in other states in which the early voting period is underway.
In the 15 Texas counties with the most registered voters, 364K voted in person and by mail on Friday, an increase of just under 20K over the last two days. Turnout gained ground on 2016 relative to the past few days but remains behind it. Early voting turnout otherwise remains higher than for any other general election in state history.
Just over 2M have voted through the first five days, 254K more than during the same periods of 2006, 2010 and 2014 combined, but more than 150K behind 2016. Every county in the Top 15, and many others, have turnout in excess of the entire 2014 early voting period.
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