Election Day in Denton County: Voters exceed 2016 turnout rate before polls open on Nov. 3

Nov. 3 is Election Day. Denton County voters are turning out in high numbers. (Community Impact staff)
Nov. 3 is Election Day. Denton County voters are turning out in high numbers. (Community Impact staff)

Nov. 3 is Election Day. Denton County voters are turning out in high numbers. (Community Impact staff)

More than two-thirds of registered voters in Denton County have cast their ballots already, a higher share of the electorate than participated in the entire 2016 election cycle.

These numbers come amid a large increase in voter registration this year, putting the county in position to potentially dwarf its highest voter turnout marks from recent years after Election Day ballots are cast.

In all, 380,907 people have cast ballots in Denton County heading into Election Day, or 67% of those who are registered to vote. These votes include those who participated in the early voting period, which ended Oct. 30, as well as mail-in ballots the county has received so far.

Just under 65% of the county’s registered voters participated in the last U.S. presidential election cycle in 2016.

The number of votes cast in the county was already more than 25% higher than the 302,835 ballots counted in 2016.


Denton County voters can still cast their ballots on Election Day, Nov. 3, at their designated voting precinct. Voters can look up their voting precinct location using this tool on the county website.

The nonprofit Vote America has released an online tool that tracks ballots as they arrive at election offices across Texas. This will allow voters to check whether their mail-in ballot has been received.

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.. Voters who are still in line at 7 p.m. will be allowed to vote. Voters must be prepared to show an approved form of identification. Mail-in ballots must be postmarked by Nov. 3 to be counted.
By Daniel Houston
Daniel Houston covers city government, transportation, business and education for Community Impact Newspaper in Lewisville, Flower Mound and Highland Village. A Fort Worth native and Baylor University graduate, Daniel reported previously for The Associated Press in Oklahoma City and The Dallas Morning News.


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