Records have been shattered across the country, including in the Lone Star state where Harris County saw the largest number of voters on the first day of early voting ever, casting more than 63,000 ballots. Turnout during presidential election cycles is typically much higher than for midterms. State officials said the problem was connected to Hart eSlate voting machines, which are used in about 30 percent of counties statewide. With a predicted turnout of 30%, that means only 35,000 voters may be heading to the polls on Election Day.
In person absentee voting continues through this Saturday, November 3, when all Virginia voter registration offices will be open at least 8 hours (times will vary). "We are staying very steady and very busy, with 400-plus people a day" voting, she said. "I suspect we'll be over 180 - 185,000, that will have voted early and four years ago we only did 91,000", he said.
Mail absentee ballots can be returned by the voter by mail or by a commercial delivery service (e.g., Federal Express, UPS), or by the voter personally, but not by another person or a personal courier service.
In Texas, the popularity of Beto O'Rourke, the democratic candidate taking on Republican Ted Cruz for a Senate seat, could be drawing more young and minority voters to the ballots. Democrats saw a 52.6 percent turnout with 20,417 ballots cast.
Early voting is already underway at the Registrar of Voters at 5600 Overland Ave., San Diego, 92123 on the County Operations Center campus.
In terms of turnout of registered voters, though, Democrats were outperforming the GOP with 40.5 percent turnout compared to 39 percent of Republican voters.