Austin and Texas shatter 2016 voting numbers ahead of Election Day

KVUE – With the day of early voting and election day coming up, Texas has officially topped its 2016 total votes.

According to the Texas Secretary of State’s website, Texas cast a total of 9,009,850 votes in the 2020 presidential election on Thursday, October 29th. In the 2016 presidential election, 8,969,226 votes were cast by early voting and election day across the state of Texas.

The Texans who voted make up about half of all registered voters in the state.

In central Texas, counties of Hays, Williamson and Travis all topped the 2016 voter turnout. Harris County also passed its 2016 turnout on Thursday evening.

Texas is usually a consistently red state and is considered to be in the game in the presidential race between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden this year. Brian Smith, a professor of political science at St. Edward’s University, said one of the most important metrics in determining whether a state is a battlefield is voting.

He said states with recent polls that favor one candidate over the other by just a few points would fit the bill. Recent polls in Texas have shown a close race between Trump and Biden.

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