More than 42000 Dallas County residents have voted early so far, surpassing last midterm election in 2014

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More than 42000 Dallas County residents have voted early so far, surpassing last midterm election in 2014

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.

Hello Dallas County! As of now 55,384 – voters have cast their vote! We have passed the first day of early voting in other mid term elections. Early Voting continues tomorrow from… https://t.co/3WiN3yTMWc

— Dallas Elections (@DallasElections) October 23, 2018

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 7pm, 55,384 votes were cast today but some locations are still open because of long lines. Stay tuned for final day one numbers…” pic.twitter.com/p7zwxNRzej

— Judge Clay Jenkins (@JudgeClayJ) October 23, 2018

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.

Whoa. This is the line for early voting in #Houston. Literally people camped out last night so they could be among the first to vote. “This is one of the most important elections of our lifetimes,” Cody Pogue tells me pic.twitter.com/swtTEmcjcZ

— Jeremy Wallace (@JeremySWallace) October 22, 2018

.@BetoORourke made an appearance at West Gray this a.m. as well #houston #EarlyVoting @HoustonChron pic.twitter.com/BC2tKP4wMN

— Godofredo A. Vasquez (@godovasquez) October 22, 2018

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. 

NEW: As of 4:30, 60,172 #HarrisCounty residents have cast ballots today. Polls closed, but anyone standing in line now gets processed.

We’ve obliterated 26k old mark for midterm 1st day early voting (2010).

We’ve also beaten:

2012 gen election – 47k 1st day

2008 ” ” – 39k 1st day https://t.co/efu20DtIMz

— Zach Despart (@zachdespart) October 22, 2018

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.

Reports from all over Texas: In Houston, San Antonio, Dallas, Fort Worth, Austin, The Valley, Lubbock, etc., wait times are 30 minutes to an hour at traditionally empty polling places #TXSen #txlege #EarlyVoting

— Scott Braddock (@scottbraddock) October 22, 2018

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.

Tweets of Texas voting lines:

Long lines for the first day of early voting in Hays County. Hearing lots of people say it seems more like a presidential election than a midterm with this turnout. @KXAN_News pic.twitter.com/f3jwYxb3bb

— Lauren Lanmon (@LaurenLanmon) October 22, 2018

Lines, lines everywhere! Here is a pic from @UTSA courtesy of my parents. #EarlyVoting #Texas pic.twitter.com/zUH4r3lD6J

— Judge R.K. Sandill (@rks127th) October 22, 2018

Waited 25 minutes in McKinney at 11am. I’ve never had a line at my voting location more than 10 people deep before.

— Queen Minion (@QueenMinion269) October 22, 2018

Reports from all over Texas: In Houston, San Antonio, Dallas, Fort Worth, Austin, The Valley, Lubbock, etc., wait times are 30 minutes to an hour at traditionally empty polling places #TXSen #txlege #EarlyVoting

— Scott Braddock (@scottbraddock) October 22, 2018

#EarlyVoting starts today in Texas.

This is the line at the Lewisville Main Street location (not counting once you get into the room). Diverse crowd in age, race and gender. pic.twitter.com/ahGVb356lP

— Claudia Castillo (@ClaudiaIzet) October 22, 2018

Early Voting day one in Texas. Get out and vote! This line only took about 30 minutes. Not bad at all! #EarlyVoting @BayAreaHouston pic.twitter.com/pi9ZIgfPQ9

— Beck_and5 (@beckand5) October 22, 2018

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