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32 percent of county’s voters cast ballots before election day
Frio County hit a historical record a week and a half into the early-voting period with more ballots being cast ahead of election day than at any time in the county’s history.
Elections Administrator Carlos Segura is reporting that at the close of business on Saturday, October 24, 2,845 votes had been cast, representing 32 percent of the county’s registered voters.
The first day of the early-voting period, Tuesday, Oct. 13, saw the largest single-day turnout by voters ahead of election day with 524 ballots cast, Segura said.
“We still have another week to go,” Segura said last week. “As per the secretary of state’s recorded data, Frio County has never reached thirty percent in early voting in at least over thirty-two years.” He added that he believes the total turnout in this year’s election will represent the largest in the county’s history.
Frio County saw its largest voter turnout to date at the time in 2004, with 27 percent of eligible voters casting ballots.
The Texas state government extended the early-voting period from two weeks to three this year in response to challenges imposed by the coronavirus pandemic. The general election includes ballots for federal, state and local government offices and law enforcement; city council places; and school board trustees in many South Texas communities, local elections having been rescheduled from the spring due to a statewide lockdown during the pandemic.
Early voting continues until Saturday, Oct. 31; election day is Tuesday, November 3.