Hays County Democratic voter turnout in Tuesday's primary was three times more than in 2014 primary election

Hays County saw a higher voter turnout in the 2018 primaries than in the 2014 primaries.

Hays County saw a higher voter turnout in the 2018 primaries than in the 2014 primaries.

With all Hays County precincts reporting unofficial vote totals, Democratic voter turnout in the March 6 primary election nearly tripled from the 2014 midterm primary election.

Hays County saw 9.46 percent of registered voters casting their ballots for Democrats in Tuesday's primary election, compared to 3.16 percent in 2014.

Republicans also increased their presence at the polls in 2018. On the GOP side, 10.07 percent of registered Hays County voters turned out for Tuesday's primary election, up from 8.77 percent in 2014.

This primary season also saw a record number of residents registering to vote—121,446, compared to 100,448 in 2014.

These numbers have to be factored in with the county's growth: From 2014 to 2016 (the last year data is available), the U.S. Census Bureau's estimates show a 9 percent increase in the county's population.

Voters had an unusually large number of races to decide on in this primary election, with three county Commissioners Court races contested as well as several state and congressional districts seeing competition.

Thirteen Democratic races were contested and 21 Republican races were contested in Tuesday's primary elections.

Coverage of some of these races can be found at communityimpact.com/vote. Some of the races will end in a runoff May 22, while others will face off in the Nov. 6 general election.

Statewide, about 1.04 million Democrats turned out, compared to 1.54 million Republicans. The state saw 15.25 million registered voters, up from 2014's 13.6 million registered voters, according to the Texas Secretary of State's website.
By Marie Albiges

Marie Albiges was the editor for the San Marcos, Buda and Kyle edition of Community Impact Newspaper. She covered San Marcos City Council, San Marcos CISD and Hays County Commissioners Court. Marie previously reported for the Central Austin edition. Marie moved to Austin from Williamsburg, Va. in 2016 and was born in France. She has since moved on from Community Impact in May 2018.


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