By LYNETTE HAALAND
Four Points News
Just over half of the registered voters in Travis County cast their ballot during early voting, which ended Friday. Travis County broke its 2008 early voting record of 49.6 percent turnout and it surpassed its 2012 early voting turnout of 37.4 percent.
The total number of those voting early in Travis County came to 372,188 including mail-in ballots received and those who voted at early voting locations.
The only Four Points early voting location was the Steiner Ranch Randalls which had 13,360 voters cast their ballots between Oct. 24 – Nov. 4. More than 1,000 voters cast their ballots at that location each day of early voting except on Sunday, Oct. 30 when it had just over half that amount.
These local numbers contributed to a record number of Texans who have voted for the Nov. 8 election.
More than 40 percent of registered voters turned out to vote early, or more than 4 million Texans, in the state’s 15 largest counties, according to the Texas secretary of state office. This was more than the 2008 early voting record of 3.5 million.
In Williamson County, 163,617, or 53.4 percent of registered voters, cast their ballot by the end of early voting Friday. Including mail-in ballots, this surpassed that county’s early voting turnout of 42 percent in 2012 and 48 percent in 2008.