With nine days of early voting elapsed and three to go, officials from Comal and Guadalupe counties say they have seen a steady turnout as of Oct. 31.
According to the Comal County Election Office, 33,945 out of 100,733 registered voters have cast ballots early. In the 2016 general election, 46,193 county residents turned out for early voting, which was almost exactly half of all registered voters. In 2014 the overall early voting number sat much lower at 17,427.
Trends are similar in Guadalupe County with the election office reporting 28,308 early voters so far out of 101,125 total registered voters. In 2016, 42,487 citizens voted early compared to 15,526 in 2014.
“The numbers are extremely interesting,” Guadalupe County Elections Administrator Lisa Adam said in an email. “It’s great to see this level of voter participation. It’s my opinion that more voters have been interested in having an active role due to the recent political climate. Voting trends are always difficult to predict, and the voting trends in regard to voter turnout seem to be ever-changing.”
Nov. 2 is the last day of early voting with the general election taking place Nov. 6. For those looking to cast a ballot before Election Day, polling locations as well as candidates are listed in Community Impact Newspaper’s voter guide.