Early voting in person continues through Friday. Turnout continues to be record-setting but has shown signs of slowing down in the 15 counties with the most registered voters. Monday’s turnout was significantly down in counties that reported results by this evening.

Through Sunday, 2.66M Texans had voted early in those 15 counties, a 42% increase above the first seven days of early voting in 2012, 50% above 2008 and 145% above 2004. This was the fourth straight day that those percentages have declined and the sixth straight day that the percentage comparisons to 2008 and 2012 have declined. In other words, turnout is getting less ahead of prior years’ totals each day.

Dallas Co. actually experienced a drop in early voting over the weekend compared with past presidential election cycles. Just over 47K people voted there over the weekend, down 12K (20%) from 2012 and 15K (24%) from 2008.

One reason turnout is higher overall than in past years is the larger number of registered voters. There are 13% more registered voters in the 15 counties now than in 2012 and 15% more than in 2008. Through Sunday, 27% of registered voters in those 15 counties had voted early, either in person or by mail, compared with 22% in 2012 and 21% in 2008.

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