There has been a heavy early voter turnout in many states, which hopefully is a signal that people are ready for a change and are ready to send this country back in a thriving direction. According to TIME, 30 million early ballots have been cast ahead of Tuesday’s midterm elections.
The Texas Tribune reported on Saturday that more than 4,884,528 Texans have already cast their ballots for the midterm election.
The Tribune reported:
‘In the entire early voting period, 4,514,930 Texans cast in-person ballots and 369,598 cast mail-in ballots. This means 39.9 percent of the 12.3 million registered voters in those 30 counties have voted.’
One of the most followed races right now across the country is the one between Senator Ted Cruz R) and Democratic candidate Beto O’Rourke. It is expected to be a very tight race and one can only hope that the incredibly high turnout means that O’Rourke will grab up Cruz’ seat in what would be a huge upset for many Texas Republicans, but a huge win for Democrats and for the country.
Beto has run a progressive grassroots campaign, traveling to every county in Texas spreading a fresh and inspiring message of how he truly hopes to work for the state of Texas. The polls officially opened in Texas on October 22, and according to The New Yorker:
‘He outlined some points of his platform: universal health care, raising wages for teachers, ending the separation of families at the border, and granting citizenship to Dreamers. After his speech, he went to visit some college students who had spent the night in a tent to be first in line the next morning in the polls. They all climbed into the tent together, like children in a fort, and O’Rourke conducted a small meeting, during which he invited everyone to come camping outside of El Paso.’
As far as the preliminary voter data above is concerned, it shows that turnout over 12 days of early voting in those 30 counties also surpassed the entire turnout of the 2014 midterm election. This is more than early voting and election-day voting combined in 2014. Data also shows that more than half of all those who vote typically cast their ballots early.
The graph below shows the comparison of 2014 and 2018.
The Texas Tribune also gave a rundown of the voter turnout in several counties. Graphs show cumulative in-person and mail-in ballot turnout in these counties. Harris County including the large city of Houston had a 36.6 percent early voter turnout whereas the turnout in 2014 was only 17.5 percent.
Dallas, the largest city in Dallas County had a similar turnout of 39.7 percent of registered voters whereas the turnout in 2014 was 17.8 percent. Tarrant County, where Fort Worth is the largest city, had 41.5 percent of registered voters turnout early whereas the turnout was 21.2 percent in 2014.
The highest voter turnouts in the state were in Collin County, where Plano is located, and in Williamson County of which the largest city is Round Rock. Collin County had a 49.4 percent turnout and Williamson had a 49 percent turnout.
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