More than 16.1M Texans are registered to vote – the largest number in state history – according to new voter registration numbers released by the Secretary of State’s office. Since January 2016, the number of registered voters has grown by 14%, significantly higher than the four-year period ending January 2016 and nearly six times higher than the four-year period ending January 2012.
The number of Texans registered to vote has grown 25% since 2012, nearly 19 percentage points more than during the previous eight years (2004-2012).
Early voting is underway for the three legislative special runoff elections and runs through Friday. In HD28, about 3,600 people voted early on opening day, which is more than during the first four days of early voting in the district in November. In HD148, a little over 2,700 people voted early. Early voting numbers from HD100 were not yet available.
HD28 special: U.S. Sen. John Cornyn (R) endorsed Republican candidate Gary Gates. Elizabeth Warren endorsed Democratic candidate Eliz Markowitz, becoming at least the fifth Democratic presidential candidate to endorse her or assist her campaign.
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