Texas surpassed 1 million votes on first day of early voting - HoustonChronicle.com
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By: Jeremy Wallace (HoustonChronicle. com)
People wait in a long line outside at the Metropolitan Multi-Services Center, 1475 W. Gray St., during the first day of early voting Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020 in Houston. The line wrapped around the baseball field.Photo: Melissa Phillip, Houston Chronicle / Staff photographer
More than a million Texans have already cast ballots after just the first day of early voting.
And the state isn't even finished counting the first day's numbers.
Record breaking early voting, combined with unusually high mail-in ballot returns show Texas has already surpassed 1 million votes with still three more weeks of voting come.
Harris County by far had the biggest turnout on the first day, with almost 170,000 ballots cast in-person or through mail-in voting as of Wednesday morning. In 2016, Harris County had just under 130,000 ballots submitted on the first day.
Even with the long lines, voters in places like Harris County said they were determined to vote on the first day to leave nothing to chance.
"I wanted to get it out of the way," Linda Pompey said as she was leaving an early polling site of Wallisville Road on Tuesday.
Pompey said she's got kids and grandkids to take care of every day and didn't want to get risk getting sidetracked later.
Dallas County was next with almost 60,000 in-person votes cast on the first day, with at least another 30,000 votes now in from mail-in voting.
Bexar County recorded just over 33,000 votes cast in-person on the first day of early voting and has already seen more than 45,000 mail-in ballots come in. The 78,000 votes are way ahead of the 52,000 combined mail and in-person voting during the first day of early voting in 2016.
El Paso County saw one of the biggest jumps in the state with almost 34,000 votes already in through early voting and mail-in balloting. The county reported just over 19,000 combined in 2016 on the first day of voting.
Early voting in Texas runs through Oct. 30. Election Day is Nov. 3.