Updated at 8:08 p.m.: to include the latest numbers from across the state. Final numbers will be available Tuesday.
AUSTIN — On the first day of early voting in Texas, voters have been showing up to the polls in force, leading to long lines and wait times.
After 7 p.m. Monday, 55,384 ballots had been cast in Dallas County, according to the county elections department. That surpasses the 29,217 from the first day of early voting for the last midterm election in 2014. The numbers include mail-in ballots.
Longer than usual lines were recorded at voting locations across the state. In Dallas County, you can see how long the wait times are on this map.
Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins said polling places were staying open late because people were still in line when they closed at 7 p.m.
As of 2:30 p.m. Monday, Collin County’s elections administrator said 23,098 residents had voted early, compared with 10,312 in 2014, according to the Texas secretary of state website. By 3:45 p.m., Denton County’s elections administrator said 18,988 residents had voted, up from 9,582 in 2014. Numbers were up in Tarrant County as well, from 29,391 in 2014 to 39,672 as of 5:30 p.m Monday.
Statewide, 240,653 Texans voted early in 2014, 2.68 percent of registered voters.
The Houston Chronicle reported that nearly 2,000 people waited in line early Monday morning at a Houston voting location where U.S. Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke came to greet them with a bullhorn.
After 4:30 p.m. Monday, a Chronicle reporter tweeted that more than 60,000 Harris County residents had voted. It was unclear if that included mail-in ballots, but it was nearly three times as many as the 20,215 in-person ballots that were cast on the first day of early voting in the 2014 midterm election.
Scott Braddock, the editor of Quorum Report, a publication that reports on Texas politics, said there were reports all over Texas of wait times between 30 minutes and an hour at typically empty polling places.
A record number of Texans are registered to vote this November– 15,793,257. Dallas County has more than 1.3 million registered in a state that has abysmally low voter turnout. During the 2014 midterm elections, only 4.7 million of the 14 million registered voters went to the polls.