Guadalupe County sees surge in mail-in ballots compared to 2016

Mail-in ballots have increased by 37.9% in Guadalupe County from the 2016 election. (Courtesy Pexels)
Mail-in ballots have increased by 37.9% in Guadalupe County from the 2016 election. (Courtesy Pexels)

Mail-in ballots have increased by 37.9% in Guadalupe County from the 2016 election. (Courtesy Pexels)

Throughout the state of Texas, in-person and mail-in vote totals for the Nov. 3 general election have been blowing past numbers from 2016, according to recently released data from the Texas secretary of state's office as well as individual county returns through Oct. 14.

Numbers from Guadalupe County elections officials show there were 9,073 total in-person votes cast Oct. 13-14, the first two days of early voting in Texas.

By comparison, there were 9,813 in-person votes cast in Guadalupe County on the first two days of early voting for the November 2016 general election.

While this amounts to 740 fewer in-person votes so far, the county has seen a surge in mail-in ballots compared to 2016.

As of Oct. 14, the county has received 4,342 mail-in ballots, compared to just 2,356 ballots in 2016.


Since early voting began, 1,005 more absentee ballots, or mail-in ballots, had been returned to the Guadalupe County elections office than were cast during the entire 2016 presidential election.

Guadalupe County voters mailed 2,650 absentee ballots in the 2016 general election, according to voting records. By Oct. 13, the elections office had received 3,655 mail-in ballots—a 37.9% increase.

Another sign of amplified voter enthusiasm in Guadalupe County is shown in the number of registered voters, with 93,935 in the 2016 election compared with 111,231 active voter registrations for this November's election as of Oct. 1, according to county data.

In total, 12% of the 111,231 registered voters in the county have already voted.

Warren Brown and Brian Rash contributed to this report.
By Lauren Canterberry

Reporter, New Braunfels

Lauren joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in October 2019. After graduating with a degree in journalism from the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia, Lauren was a freelance journalist and worked as a college English teacher in China. At CI, Lauren covers education, local government, transportation, business, real estate development and nonprofits in New Braunfels.