Harris County on Thursday broke its record for turnout at any time with a one-day early vote back, the Harris County Clerk’s Office announced on Twitter.
The office had not published the early vote numbers per. Press time. Eight polling stations were open overnight until Friday.
The turnout record of 1.34 million was set in the 2016 election. Texas also hit a milestone for early voting Monday, as the percentage of registered voters who voted exceeded the total turnout by early voting from any other presidential election, Texas reported Tribune.
Harris County set its record despite the protracted COVID-19 pandemic and a flood of lawsuits over election management.
Harris County Clerk Christopher Hollins created an ambitious $ 27 million election plan for this year that made several changes, including nearly tripling the number of early polls, adding transit, sending mail ballots to all registered seniors, and hiring more than 1
These additions also included a 24-hour voting period from Thursday to Friday – a gesture that experts characterized as largely symbolic.
“Even if they only get a few voters, it speaks volumes about the clerk’s commitment to making it easy for everyone to vote,” said University of Houston politician Brandon Rottinghaus.
Zach Despart contributed to this report.