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More Than 2,980,915 Texans Have Already Voted in the Midterm Election

As of day seven of early voting, 2,669,506 Texans have cast in-person ballots and 311,409 have cast mail-in ballots in the 30 counties where most registered voters in the state — 78 percent — live.

That preliminary turnout has surpassed the total votes cast in those counties during the entire two-week early voting period in the last midterm election in 2014.

So far this year, 24.3 percent of the 12.3 million registered voters in those 30 counties have voted.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Each day, as more data comes in, the graphs below will be updated to show cumulative in-person and mail-in ballot turnout in these counties. The data is preliminary.

Texas surpassed its 2014 voter turnout by day five. More than half of all those who do vote are expected to cast their ballots early. Some have speculated turnout this year could approach that of the past two presidential elections. Early voting for the 2018 midterms in Texas started Oct. 22 and runs through Nov. 2.

Check out the ballot for the Nov. 6 general election. Here’s what you need to know about voting, and here is our issues guide for young Texans. Get The Brief for the latest 2018 Texas election news.

Harris County

Houston is the largest city in Harris County. There are 3,410,740 people over 18 in the county.
Turnout as of day seven of early voting compared to the same period in previous elections
YEAR REG. VOTERS VOTES PERCENT
2018 2,338,460 506,356 21.7%
2016 2,234,678 566,741 25.4%
2014 2,062,792 194,673 9.4%
2012 2,000,011 415,778 20.8%

Dallas County

Dallas is the largest city in Dallas County. There are 1,858,255 people over 18 in the county.
Turnout as of day seven of early voting compared to the same period in previous elections
YEAR REG. VOTERS VOTES PERCENT
2018 1,335,313 323,553 24.2%
2016 1,287,171 326,149 25.3%
2014 1,203,513 109,525 9.1%
2012 1,177,468 245,349 20.8%

Tarrant County

Fort Worth is the largest city in Tarrant County. There are 1,485,667 people over 18 in the county.
Turnout as of day seven of early voting compared to the same period in previous elections
YEAR REG. VOTERS VOTES PERCENT
2018 1,122,597 276,727 24.7%
2016 1,077,618 299,106 27.8%
2014 999,687 106,906 10.7%
2012 974,880 231,398 23.7%

Bexar County

San Antonio is the largest city in Bexar County. There are 1,443,090 people over 18 in the county.
Turnout as of day seven of early voting compared to the same period in previous elections
YEAR REG. VOTERS VOTES PERCENT
2018 1,098,257 241,751 22%
2016 1,045,360 273,248 26.1%
2014 957,110 101,284 10.6%
2012 918,552 207,594 22.6%

Travis County

Austin is the largest city in Travis County. There are 905,571 people over 18 in the county.
Turnout as of day seven of early voting compared to the same period in previous elections
YEAR REG. VOTERS VOTES PERCENT
2018 775,950 216,112 27.9%
2016 725,041 223,768 30.9%
2014 655,056 67,550 10.3%
2012 632,962 117,653 18.6%

Collin County

Plano is the largest city in Collin County. There are 761,480 people over 18 in the county.
Turnout as of day seven of early voting compared to the same period in previous elections
YEAR REG. VOTERS VOTES PERCENT
2018 579,893 182,125 31.4%
2016 536,915 188,861 35.2%
2014 485,406 50,040 10.3%
2012 458,872 119,785 26.1%

Denton County

Denton is the largest city in Denton County. There are 629,218 people over 18 in the county.
Turnout as of day seven of early voting compared to the same period in previous elections
YEAR REG. VOTERS VOTES PERCENT
2018 497,490 135,970 27.3%
2016 464,829 137,607 29.6%
2014 407,040 40,700 10%
2012 386,742 92,545 23.9%

El Paso County

El Paso is the largest city in El Paso County. There are 651,514 people over 18 in the county.
Turnout as of day seven of early voting compared to the same period in previous elections
YEAR REG. VOTERS VOTES PERCENT
2018 455,992 89,300 19.6%
2016 428,320 90,809 21.2%
2014 403,979 20,246 5%
2012 383,737 52,997 13.8%

Fort Bend County

Sugar Land is the largest city in Fort Bend County. There are 576,228 people over 18 in the county.
Turnout as of day seven of early voting compared to the same period in previous elections
YEAR REG. VOTERS VOTES PERCENT
2018 431,832 121,642 28.2%
2016 404,038 127,922 31.7%
2014 363,147 39,398 10.9%
2012 339,694 95,425 28.1%

Hidalgo County

McAllen is the largest city in Hidalgo County. There are 637,094 people over 18 in the county.
Turnout as of day seven of early voting compared to the same period in previous elections
YEAR REG. VOTERS VOTES PERCENT
2018 361,562 72,685 20.1%
2016 338,563 87,291 25.8%
2014 318,772 35,611 11.2%
2012 304,823 60,739 19.9%

Montgomery County

The Woodlands is the largest city in Montgomery County. There are 443,052 people over 18 in the county.
Turnout as of day seven of early voting compared to the same period in previous elections
YEAR REG. VOTERS VOTES PERCENT
2018 333,488 85,158 25.5%
2016 311,882 92,039 29.5%
2014 281,496 30,230 10.7%
2012 264,980 72,236 27.3%

Williamson County

Round Rock is the largest city in Williamson County. There are 415,349 people over 18 in the county.
Turnout as of day seven of early voting compared to the same period in previous elections
YEAR REG. VOTERS VOTES PERCENT
2018 331,985 104,937 31.6%
2016 299,960 101,718 33.9%
2014 271,612 30,314 11.2%
2012 253,440 58,179 23%

Galveston County

League City is the largest city in Galveston County. There are 243,268 people over 18 in the county.
Turnout as of day seven of early voting compared to the same period in previous elections
YEAR REG. VOTERS VOTES PERCENT
2018 212,630 58,910 27.7%
2016 208,228 65,752 31.6%
2014 191,961 20,887 10.9%
2012 185,379 49,083 26.5%

Brazoria County

Pearland is the largest city in Brazoria County. There are 277,007 people over 18 in the county.
Turnout as of day seven of early voting
YEAR REG. VOTERS VOTES PERCENT
2018 207,446 58,445 28.2%
No historical day-to-day data for this county

Cameron County

Brownsville is the largest city in Cameron County. There are 319,403 people over 18 in the county.
Turnout as of day seven of early voting compared to the same period in previous elections
YEAR REG. VOTERS VOTES PERCENT
2018 206,966 33,918 16.4%
2016 197,726 36,615 18.5%
2014 186,563 12,558 6.7%
2012 180,389 22,325 12.4%

Nueces County

Corpus Christi is the largest city in Nueces County. There are 276,145 people over 18 in the county.
Turnout as of day seven of early voting compared to the same period in previous elections
YEAR REG. VOTERS VOTES PERCENT
2018 205,176 41,965 20.5%
2016 199,468 42,239 21.2%
2014 190,179 18,442 9.7%
2012 191,960 34,099 17.8%

Bell County

Killeen is the largest city in Bell County. There are 263,135 people over 18 in the county.
Turnout as of day seven of early voting
YEAR REG. VOTERS VOTES PERCENT
2018 195,760 37,001 18.9%
No historical day-to-day data for this county

Lubbock County

Lubbock is the largest city in Lubbock County. There are 225,998 people over 18 in the county.
Turnout as of day seven of early voting
YEAR REG. VOTERS VOTES PERCENT
2018 175,881 46,833 26.6%
No historical day-to-day data for this county

Jefferson County

Beaumont is the largest city in Jefferson County. There are 199,688 people over 18 in the county.
Turnout as of day seven of early voting
YEAR REG. VOTERS VOTES PERCENT
2018 148,344 38,402 25.9%
No historical day-to-day data for this county

McLennan County

Waco is the largest city in McLennan County. There are 186,612 people over 18 in the county.
Turnout as of day seven of early voting
YEAR REG. VOTERS VOTES PERCENT
2018 139,699 32,092 23%
No historical day-to-day data for this county

Smith County

Tyler is the largest city in Smith County. There are 174,917 people over 18 in the county.
Turnout as of day seven of early voting
YEAR REG. VOTERS VOTES PERCENT
2018 134,712 39,055 29%
No historical day-to-day data for this county

Hays County

San Marcos is the largest city in Hays County. There are 162,407 people over 18 in the county.
Turnout as of day seven of early voting
YEAR REG. VOTERS VOTES PERCENT
2018 134,403 37,453 27.9%
No historical day-to-day data for this county

Webb County

Laredo is the largest city in Webb County. There are 199,685 people over 18 in the county.
Turnout as of day seven of early voting
YEAR REG. VOTERS VOTES PERCENT
2018 130,784 18,169 13.9%
No historical day-to-day data for this county

Brazos County

College Station is the largest city in Brazos County. There are 170,743 people over 18 in the county.
Turnout as of day seven of early voting
YEAR REG. VOTERS VOTES PERCENT
2018 114,377 24,627 21.5%
No historical day-to-day data for this county

Ellis County

Waxahachie is the largest city in Ellis County. There are 136,188 people over 18 in the county.
Turnout as of day seven of early voting
YEAR REG. VOTERS VOTES PERCENT
2018 108,349 28,425 26.2%
No historical day-to-day data for this county

Comal County

New Braunfels is the largest city in Comal County. There are 108,143 people over 18 in the county.
Turnout as of day seven of early voting
YEAR REG. VOTERS VOTES PERCENT
2018 100,867 32,069 31.8%
No historical day-to-day data for this county

Guadalupe County

Schertz is the largest city in Guadalupe County. There are 124,215 people over 18 in the county.
Turnout as of day seven of early voting
YEAR REG. VOTERS VOTES PERCENT
2018 100,552 25,362 25.2%
No historical day-to-day data for this county

Johnson County

Burleson is the largest city in Johnson County. There are 130,279 people over 18 in the county.
Turnout as of day seven of early voting
YEAR REG. VOTERS VOTES PERCENT
2018 97,157 23,338 24%
No historical day-to-day data for this county

Parker County

Weatherford is the largest city in Parker County. There are 111,138 people over 18 in the county.
Turnout as of day seven of early voting
YEAR REG. VOTERS VOTES PERCENT
2018 91,858 25,363 27.6%
No historical day-to-day data for this county

Randall County

Amarillo is the largest city in Randall County. There are 101,874 people over 18 in the county.
Turnout as of day seven of early voting
YEAR REG. VOTERS VOTES PERCENT
2018 87,827 23,172 26.4%
No historical day-to-day data for this county

Early Voting Starts Today: Here’s What Texas Voters Should Know

On Nov. 6, Texas voters will decide who will hold several statewide, legislative and congressional seats.

To help Texans navigate Election Day, we’ve compiled an overview of everything you need to know about casting a ballot in the 2018 midterms. (And no, you still can’t take a selfie at the polls.)

Whom do I get to vote for?

Your representatives

Aside from statewide races decided by all Texans, who you get to vote for depends on where you live. On the federal level, Texans are divided among 36 U.S. House districts. On the state level, your address determines your district — and who represents you — in the Texas House, the Texas Senate and on the State Board of Education. All U.S. House and Texas House districts are up for election this year, but only half of Texas Senate and State Board of Education seats are on the ballot.

If you share your address above, we can show you the 2018 general election candidates for each of your districts. Otherwise, you can view our roundup of all the candidates here.

Your statewide candidates

Fourteen of the races on all Texans’ general election ballots this year will be for statewide positions. This includes the race to decide who — in addition to John Cornyn — will represent the state in the U.S. Senate. Seven statewide races include executive positions such as governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general, and six are for the state’s two highest courts — the Supreme Court and the Court of Criminal Appeals.

U.S. Senate

CANDIDATES
D Beto O’Rourke
L Neal Dikeman
R Ted Cruz Incumbent

Governor

CANDIDATES
D Lupe Valdez
L Mark Tippetts
R Greg Abbott Incumbent

Lieutenant Governor

CANDIDATES
D Mike Collier
L Kerry McKennon
R Dan Patrick Incumbent

Attorney General

CANDIDATES
D Justin Nelson
L Michael Ray Harris
R Ken Paxton Incumbent

Comptroller

CANDIDATES
D Joi Chevalier
L Ben Sanders
R Glenn Hegar Incumbent

Land Commissioner

CANDIDATES
D Miguel Suazo
L Matt Piña
R George P. Bush Incumbent

Agriculture Commissioner

CANDIDATES
D Kim Olson
L Richard Carpenter
R Sid Miller Incumbent

Railroad Commissioner

CANDIDATES
D Roman McAllen
L Mike Wright
R Christi Craddick Incumbent

Texas Supreme Court, Place 2

CANDIDATES
D Steven Kirkland
R Jimmy Blacklock Incumbent

Texas Supreme Court, Place 4

CANDIDATES
D R.K. Sandill
R John Devine Incumbent

Texas Supreme Court, Place 6

CANDIDATES
D Kathy Cheng
R Jeff Brown Incumbent

Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 1

CANDIDATES
D Maria T. (Terri) Jackson
L William Bryan Strange III
R Sharon Keller Incumbent

Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 7

CANDIDATES
D Ramona Franklin
R Barbara Parker Hervey Incumbent

Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 8

CANDIDATES
L Mark Ash
R Michelle Slaughter

Your local candidates

You might have noticed that we’ve not said anything about elections for local positions such as sheriff. Because local elections are administered at the county level, there’s no statewide listing of all local races. The Texas secretary of state’s office maintains a list of county websites you can reference to learn more about what is on the ballot locally. Your local newspapers or TV stations might also have candidate listings.

What dates do I need to know?

The last day to register to vote was 

Is there a way to confirm whether I’m registered to vote?

Yes, there is! You can check your registration status on the Texas secretary of state’s website by using one of these three ways to log on:

  • Providing your Texas driver’s license number and date of birth
  • Providing your first and last name and what county you reside in
  • Providing your date of birth and Voter Unique Identifier (VUID), which appears on your voter registration certificate.

How can I register to vote?

Texans can fill out an application in person at their county voter registrar’s office. Most post offices, libraries and high schools also provide the necessary applications needed to cast a ballot. Texans can also print out the application online or request it through the mail.

However, keep in mind that registering online is not an option in Texas. Mailed applications must be postmarked on or before the Oct. 9 deadline.

The last day to apply for ballot by mail is 

How do I know if I’m eligible to vote by mail?

You are only allowed to vote by mail for one of the following four reasons:

  • You will not be in your county on Nov. 6 (Election Day) and not in your county during the entire span of early voting
  • You are sick or disabled
  • You will be 65 years old or older by Election Day
  • You are confined in jail but otherwise eligible (i.e., not convicted of a felony).

Eligible Texans who want to vote by mail have two options: They can mail in their ballot — postmarked by Election Day and received by 5 p.m. the day after the election — or they can give their ballot directly to an early voting clerk.

Early voting runs from  through (Begins today!)

Where am I allowed to vote early?

You can find early voting locations at the same website that allows you to check whether you are registered to vote. Unlike on Election Day, you are allowed to vote early at any polling location in the countyyou are registered to vote in.

Who is eligible to vote early?

Anyone who is registered to vote may vote early. However, you must do so in person. Only certain voters can mail in their ballots.

Election Day is 

Are polling locations the same on Election Day as they are during early voting?

No, they are not. That’s why it’s important to find your polling locations ahead of time. While a few counties might have exceptions, you may be allowed to vote only in your designated precinct.

What do I need to know about going to vote?

Where can I cast my ballot, and how can I find which polling places are near me?

Using the same website that allows you to check whether you’re registered, you can also find polling location options on Election Day and during the early voting period. During the early voting period, voters can cast ballots at any location in the county they are registered to vote in.

Can I wear my “Beto for Senate” or “Cruz for Senate” shirt to the polls?

No. Doing so constitutes electioneering, which is illegal in Texas.

Voters who are caught wearing campaign gear to the polls may get asked to turn their shirts inside out or to put on a jacket. Refusal to do so could result in being turned away from the polls.

Under Texas law, a person “may not electioneer for or against any candidate, measure, political party” within 100 feet of the voting site during early voting or on Election Day.

What form of ID do I need to bring?

You can see more details about the acceptable forms of ID in this Texplainer, but here’s a summary.

Voting in Texas requires a valid photo ID. Polling places accept seven types of photo ID:

  • A state driver’s license issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS)
  • A Texas election identification certificate (issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety)
  • A Texas personal identification card (issued by DPS)
  • A Texas license to carry a handgun (issued by DPS)
  • A U.S. military ID card that includes a personal photo
  • A U.S. citizenship certificate that includes a personal photo
  • A U.S. passport

What if I don’t have a valid photo ID?

Voters who do not have any of those documents and cannot “reasonably obtain” them can still cast a vote if they sign a form in which they swear that they have a “reasonable impediment” from obtaining appropriate identification. Those voters will also have to present one of the following types of ID:

  • A valid voter registration certificate
  • A certified birth certificate
  • A copy or original of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or other document that shows the voter’s name and address (any government document that contains a voter’s photo must be an original).

ABOUT THE DATA

Shapes of the U.S. House, State Board of Education, Texas Senate and Texas House districts, historical election results and demographic data were provided by the Texas Legislative Council.

The Texas Legislative Council’s demographic analysis is based on the 2012-2016 American Community Survey (ACS) 5-year estimates produced by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Candidate information was sourced from the Texas Secretary of StateTexas Democratic Party, the Republican Party of Texas, the Libertarian Party of Texas and additionally through Texas Tribune research.

Information regarding the voting process was collected from the Texas Secretary of State and sourced from Texas Tribune reporting.

Authors: ALEX SAMUELS AND RYAN MURPHY – The Texas Tribune 

Darla Cameron and Elbert Wang contributed to this story.

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