Numbers from Hays County elections officials show there were 6,867 total in-person votes cast Oct. 13, the first day of early voting in Texas.
By comparison, there were 4,726 in-person votes cast in Hays County on the first day of early voting for the 2016 November general election.
That amounts to 2,121 more votes this election, a 31.18% increase.
When accounting for mail-in ballots, Hays County received 6,317 through Oct. 9 with an additional 830 coming in Oct. 13, bringing the total number of ballots cast to 14,014 through the first day of early voting.
Voter interest in Hays County is growing in just about every metric from 2016 to 2020.
Before early voting had begun, 309 more absentee ballots, or mail-in ballots, had been returned to the Hays County elections office than were cast during the entire 2016 presidential election.
Hays County voters mailed 4,586 absentee ballots in the 2016 general election, according to voting records. By Oct. 7, the elections office had received 4,895 mail-in ballots—a 6.74% increase.
Another sign of voter enthusiasm, the number of registered voters in Hays County has also grown, with 116,501 registered voters in the 2016 election and 128,180 active voter registrations for this November's election as of Oct. 1, according to Hays County.
Warren Brown contributed to this report.