Fort Bend County averages more than 21,000 in-person voters daily during first week of early voting

Early voters wait in a line out the door at the Fort Bend County Libraries Sugar Land Branch the morning of Oct. 20. (Claire Shoop/Community Impact Newspaper)
Early voters wait in a line out the door at the Fort Bend County Libraries Sugar Land Branch the morning of Oct. 20. (Claire Shoop/Community Impact Newspaper)

Early voters wait in a line out the door at the Fort Bend County Libraries Sugar Land Branch the morning of Oct. 20. (Claire Shoop/Community Impact Newspaper)

Fort Bend County saw 128,619 voters cast ballots in person during the first week of early voting for the Nov. 3 general election, according to data from the county’s elections administrator.

As of 9:49 p.m. Oct. 19, the county has also received 12,622 mail-in ballots, county records show.

The county has 476,910 registered voters, which means that close to 30% of eligible voters have done so during the first six days of voting.

After seeing approximately 13,000 in-person voters on the first day of early voting Oct. 13, Fort Bend County has had more than 20,000 people cast ballots each subsequent day. So far, a high of 25,771 votes were cast Oct. 16. Polls were closed Oct. 18.



For comparison, ahead of the last presidential election in 2016, Fort Bend County had a total of 201,655 voters, representing 49.91% of registered voters, cast ballots in person during the two-week early voting period, according to data from the Texas Secretary of State's Office.



Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, early voting was extended by nearly a week in Texas. Early voting for the Nov. 3 election runs Oct. 13-30.

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By Claire Shoop

Reporter, Northwest Austin

Claire joined Community Impact Newspaper in September 2019 as the reporter for the Sugar Land/Missouri City edition and in December 2021 moved to Austin to become the reporter for the Northwest Austin edition. She graduated from The University of Texas at Austin in May 2019 where she studied journalism, government and Arabic. While in school, Claire was a fellow for The Texas Tribune, worked for the student newspaper, The Daily Texan, and spent a semester in Washington, D.C. She enjoys playing cards with her family and listening to the Boss, Bruce Springsteen.