Record Number of Voters Expected

More than 13 million people are registered to vote in Texas. And election officials predict 68 percent of them will vote in this election. Laurie Johnson reports.
In Harris County, almost 40 percent of voters cast their ballots before the big day.

Texas Secretary of State Spokesman Randall Dillard says they're expecting 68 percent of voters to turnout overall in Texas.

"In terms of the percentage it would not be a record. In the 1992 general election, presidential election, there were nearly 73 percent of the registered voters that turned out there. But it would be a record in terms of the number of people actually casting ballots, about nine million people."

The highest Texas turnout on record was in the 2004 election, when 7.4 million people voted.

Texas doesn't track all early voting numbers. But 3.5 million people already voted in the state's 15 largest counties.

"It will be very interesting to see the — what turns out to be the percentage of total votes that were cast in early voting. There was a tremendous interest in early voting this year. And we think a lot of that was people that wanted to avoid long lines."

And although early voting was very popular this year, Harris County citizens can still expect to wait a while at their polling locations, while fellow voters wade through the more than 50 races on the ballot.

Laurie Johnson. KUHF-Houston Public Radio News.
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Laurie Johnson

Local Host, All Things Considered

Laurie Johnson is the Houston host for All Things Considered at KUHF NPR for Houston. Before taking the anchor chair, she worked as a general assignments reporter at KUHF, starting there as an intern in 2002...