More than 9.6 million Texans voted early. Which counties saw the highest turnout?

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Voters are seen here waiting in line at the Austin Oaks Church polling site on the first day of early voting. (KXAN Photo/Frank Martinez)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — More than 9.6 million Texans cast their ballots during the early voting period in the November 3 election, according to data from the Texas Secretary of State.

As of the end of early voting on October 30, the cumulative total stood at 9,696,039 votes. That represents a statewide turnout of 57.19 percent. Of those, 8,721,899 early votes were cast in person. An additional 974,140 mail-in ballots were returned to election offices across the state.

In 2016, 8,969,226 ballots were cast in the presidential election, representing a turnout of 59.39 percent of registered voters.

Which counties have cast the most votes?

Harris County voters cast the most ballots during early voting, with more than 1.4 million submitted as of October 30. It’s unsurprising, as the county is home to 14.6 percent of all registered voters in the state.

Dallas County reported just under 800,000 votes, and Tarrant County cast more than 725,000 ballots. Bexar and Travis Counties round out the top five, both with more than half a million early votes.

Just 45 votes were cast early in Loving County, west of Odessa. The county is the second-least populous county in the United States, ahead of only Kalawao County in Hawaii. Loving County has just 111 registered voters.

The animated chart below shows how the numbers increased throughout early voting.

Which counties have had the highest percent turnout?

When looking at the percentage turnout in each of Texas’ 254 counties, Collin County jumps to the top of the list. According to data from the Texas Secretary of State, more than 69 percent of the county’s 648,670 registered voters cast their ballots early.

Kendall, Williamson, Blanco and Fort Bend Counties round out the top five, all with at least 68 percent turnout.

Hudspeth County, east of El Paso, had the lowest turnout in the state after early voting, at just 26.8 percent.

When looking at the 25 largest counties in Texas by number of registered voters, Collin County had the highest turnout during the early voting period, at more than 69 percent. Williamson, Fort Bend, Denton and Travis Counties all made the top five.

Webb County, home to Laredo, had the lowest turnout among the 25 largest counties in Texas, at just 36.9 percent.

How does turnout compare to 2016?

At the end of the early voting period on October 30, 57 counties in Texas had cast more ballots than in 2016. Hays County leads the way, at 134.8 percent of its 2016 total.

Lipscomb County, northeast of Amarillo, has cast just 42.4 percent of its 2016 total. Castro, Parmer and Knox Counties were also under 60 percent at the end of early voting.

Turnout in Central Texas

Among counties in the KXAN viewing area, Travis County—unsurprisingly—cast the most ballots during early voting, at more than 548,000. Williamson County follows, with more than 259,000 votes, then Hays County with a little more than 97,000.

When looking at percentage turnout, Williamson County had the highest in the region after early voting. Almost 69 percent of Williamson County’s 376,672 registered voters cast their ballots early. Blanco and Llano Counties followed close behind, both with more than 66 percent turnout.

Caldwell County had the lowest turnout in the region after early voting, at 46.6 percent.

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