Early voting in person continues through Friday across Texas. Turnout remains record-setting but has slowed significantly from last week’s torrid pace, although it showed a slight rebound on Tuesday.
Just shy of 3M Texans voted early in person or by mail through Monday, the eighth day of the early voting period, but in-person turnout was the lowest weekday total. Monday’s in-person vote total was 20% below Friday’s turnout and 23% below Tuesday’s high. Still, same-day turnout was 14% higher than the corresponding Monday in 2012 and 10% higher than in 2008.
Overall, turnout continues to set a record pace, albeit a slowing one. Compared with 2012, 38% more Texans have voted in the 15 counties with the most registered voters through eight days. Turnout is 44% higher than 2008 and 131% higher than 2004. These percentages are continuing to fall from the Day One highs of 52%, 66% and 203%, respectively.
Measured as the percent of registered voters, turnout through eight days in the 15 counties is 30.6%. On the corresponding day in 2012, turnout was 25.0%, and it was 24.5% in 2008.
The reports we’ve seen for today (Tuesday) suggest a slight rebound from yesterday’s (Monday’s) lows, but turnout is below last week’s weekday average.
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