Texas surpasses 2016 total voter turnout on final day of early voting

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FORT WORTH, Texas – More people in the state have now voted early either in person or by mail than the entire Texas vote count during the last presidential election.

The Texas Secretary of State announced the state surpassed the 2016 voter turnout record Friday morning.

More than 9 million Texans have already voted for the 2020 presidential election. That’s more than half of all registered voters in the state and the highest number of early votes in the state’s history.

For the presidential election four years ago, about 8.9 million total ballots were cast in Texas.

Gov. Greg Abbott did extend the early voting period by six days this year because of the pandemic. The goal was to encourage people to vote early and avoid long lines and crowded polling locations on election day.

Friday is the final day of early voting.

Election day is Tuesday.

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