Texas early voting exceeds total of all 2016 ballots

Posted at 8:58 AM, Oct 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-30 09:58:37-04

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texans have already cast more early ballots ahead of next week's election than they did during all of 2016.

That signals an unprecedented surge of voting in a state that was once the country's most reliably Republican but may be drifting toward legitimate battleground status.

More than 9 million ballots have been cast as of Friday in the nation's second most-populous state, exceeding the 8.9 million cast in 2016, according to an Associated Press tally of early votes.

This year's numbers were aided by early voting being extended a week amid the pandemic.