Harris County exceeds its previous voter turnout record before early voting ends

Voters line up outside Juergen's Hall Community Center in Cypress on Oct. 14. (Shawn Arrajj/Community Impact Newspaper)
Voters line up outside Juergen's Hall Community Center in Cypress on Oct. 14. (Shawn Arrajj/Community Impact Newspaper)

Voters line up outside Juergen's Hall Community Center in Cypress on Oct. 14. (Shawn Arrajj/Community Impact Newspaper)

Harris County residents surpassed the previous voter record turnout by about 6,000 votes before the last day of early voting, according to officials with the Harris County Clerk’s Office. With 2.48 million people registered to vote in Harris County, at least 54% have already cast ballots—either via mail or in person.

More than 1.3 million county residents cast ballots throughout the entire November 2016 election, but this year, that number was surpassed Oct. 29—with one day of early voting remaining in addition to Election Day on Nov. 3.


Harris County Clerk Chris Hollins attributed the turnout to increased access to voting in Harris County. For instance, eight polling locations operated for 36 consecutive hours, when 10,000 voters took advantage of 24-hour voting and cast ballots between 7 p.m.-7 a.m. on Oct. 29-30. Voters also had six additional days of early voting over the 2016 election.


"This November, Harris County voters have had more access to the polls than ever, and I'm thrilled to see this record breaking turnout,” Hollins said in a statement. "There's still time for voters to vote early, deliver a mail ballot in person at NRG Arena, or have their voice heard on Election Day."

Find more election content, including candidate Q&A’s, polling locations, election results and more, at communityimpact.com/voter-guide.
By Danica Lloyd
Danica joined Community Impact Newspaper as a Cy-Fair reporter in May 2016 after graduating with a journalism degree from Union University in Jackson, Tennessee. She became editor of the Cy-Fair edition in March 2020 and continues to cover education, local government, business, demographic trends, real estate development and nonprofits.


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