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Harris County turnout surpasses 1 million

November 7, 2018

More than 1.06 million Harris County residents had cast ballots by 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, putting Texas’ largest county within striking distance of turnout in recent presidential-year elections.

Turnout already had surpassed all previous midterm year elections before polls opened Tuesday, with 855,711 people voting early and by mail. Another 209,000 had turned out by the afternoon, according to Hector de Leon, a spokesman for the Harris County Clerk’s Office.

He could not be reached Tuesday evening for an updated figure.

Harris County set its previous midterm turnout record in 2010, when 798,995 people cast ballots. Turnout this year was on track to eclipse that of 2008 and 2012, when 1.19 million and 1.20 million people turned out, respectively.

Polls close at 7 p.m. Tuesday, though voters may cast ballots as long as they are in line by then. Nine locations will remain open until 8 p.m. on orders from a state district judge, who ruled in favor of two civil rights groups seeking expanded hours because the sites opened late or experienced technology issues.

Zach Despart contributed to this story.

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