San Angelo Early Voting Numbers Catch Up, But Lag the Region
According to the Tom Green County Elections Office, the county voter numbers for 2016 have finally surpassed the early voting total for the 2012 presidential election.
As of Friday, Nov. 4, at 5:17 p.m. 21,521 citizens had cast their ballot, topping the 2012 early voting total of 20,383, or 5 percent greater than 2012.
Each day’s turnout during the first week of early voting did not surpass the 2,000 mark. For the second week, Wednesday through Friday saw the daily totals break 2,000.
According to several who have voted, the wait times ranged from 40 to 60 minutes. “They were very efficient in their operation,” Pierce Miller said. He voted on Thursday afternoon.
Around the region, KTXS reported that in Brownwood, Brown County saw a 13 percent increase in turnout. That doesn’t include Friday’s votes. The Midland Reporter-News reports the highest early voting turnout in Midland County’s history at 34,805. The previous record was 32,957 in 2008. Lubbock shattered records, too. There 71,918 have voted, according to the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal. The previous Lubbock record was 69,608 in 2008, the paper reported. Taylor County where Abilene is reported this evening 30,128 voted early, up from 27,265 in 2012, or a 10 percent increase.
In the metro areas of Texas, Texas Tribune is tracking record turnout. See the graphs here.
The first week of early voting saw San Angelo’s voter turnout lower than the first week of 2012. Turnout numbers accelerated towards the end of the second week to surpass 2012’s early voting turnout overall.
Update 9:35 p.m.
Added Taylor County numbers. The story is updated.