Updated Oct. 30 10:46 a.m.
Montgomery County's record early voting numbers continued to climb Oct. 29, with a total of 222,602 ballots cast through Day 16 of this year's 17-day early voting window.
According to information from the county elections administration, more than 10,000 county residents have voted on all but one day since early voting began Oct. 13, with 200,085 in-person votes and 22,517 ballots by mail tallied through Oct. 29. The use of ballots by mail by more than 10% of county voters so far is also a new high; mail ballot usage had not approached double-digits in any previous early voting period in a presidential election.
The 222,602 votes cast through Day 16 is nearly 42% higher than the total early voting turnout of 2016's presidential election and nearly 82% higher than 2012's—although this year's early voting window was extended by five days over the typical 12-day period.
This year's turnout is also higher than the total number of votes tallied in any previous presidential election in the county, including both early voting and Election Day. The previous record turnout in a presidential election was 208,308 recorded in 2016, according to the county's election canvass report from that year.
As of Oct. 29, 60.2% of registered Montgomery County voters had cast ballots—the first time the county's early voting turnout had surpassed 60%. The county's registered pool reached 369,796 this fall, according to the elections administration, a more than 18% increase since the 2016 general election.
Early voting in the county ends at 7 p.m. Oct. 30. One hundred polling places throughout the county will open on Election Day Nov. 3 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Updated Oct. 29 11:12 a.m.
Ahead of Election Day Nov. 3 and with two days of early voting still remaining this week, Montgomery County's early voting turnout surpassed the total number of votes cast in the county in 2016's general election.
Through Oct. 28, the fifteenth day of this year's extended early voting window, a record total of 211,312 votes had been tallied in Montgomery County. That total is several thousand more than number of votes counted through early voting and Election Day in fall 2016; the county elections administration's 2016 canvass report counted just over 208,300 votes cast, while records from the Secretary of State's office showed a slightly lower total turnout of 204,632 in 2016.
Through Day 15 of early voting this year, 189,329 votes were counted in-person in Montgomery County along with 21,983 ballots by mail.
That total represents a 57.14% turnout rate among the county's 369,796 registered voters in this election, also a record for early voting in the county.
Early voting continues Oct. 29 and Oct. 30 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., and the county's 100 Election Day polling locations will open Nov. 3 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Updated Oct. 28 9:58 a.m.
The record-high early voting turnout in Montgomery County increased Oct. 27, as the number of votes tallied through the first 14 days of this year's early voting window passed 200,000 for the first time.
From Oct. 13-27, a total of 200,542 ballots were cast in the county including 179,190 in person and 21,352 by mail, according to the county elections administration. That figure is nearly 28% higher than the final early voting turnout of 156,818 recorded by the Secretary of State's office in the 2016 presidential election—although previous early voting periods ran for five fewer days than this year's extended 17-day window.
With three days of early voting remaining, this year's early vote total is on track to surpass the number of all votes tallied in the county during the 2016 presidential election. The Secretary of State's 2016 canvass report shows a total of 204,632 voters cast ballots through early voting and Election Day that year, while the county elections administration recorded a slightly higher 208,310 total presidential votes on its 2016 canvass report.
The county has averaged more than 14,000 daily votes through Day 14 of early voting this year, with more than 10,000 votes recorded on every day so far except Oct. 25—the sole Sunday early voting date this fall.
Overall turnout among the county's 369,796 registered voters reached a new early voting high of 54.23% Oct. 27. This is the second election to see an early voting turnout of more than 50% in Montgomery County, following 2016's 50.28% turnout through 12 days.
Updated Oct. 27 9:45 a.m.
More than half of all registered Montgomery County voters have cast ballots through the first 13 days of early voting in the county this month.
The 51.18% turnout as of Oct. 26 passes the previous early voting turnout record of 50.28% set on Day 12 of early voting in the 2016 presidential election. No other presidential election in the county since 2000 saw more than half of registered voters participate in early voting.
The new turnout high was in part made possible by this year's extended early voting period, which includes five additional days. Previous early voting windows for presidential elections in Texas ran for 12 days.
Through Day 13 this year, a total of 189,261 ballots had been cast in the county. That figure is also an early voting record, as the county's population and registered voter pool have increased over previous presidential election years. The cumulative number of votes recorded every day during the current early voting window has been higher than all previous years.
Of the nearly 190,000 votes tallied so far, 88.85% were recorded in person and 11.15% were cast through mail ballots.
Early voting in the county remains open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily through Oct. 30.
Posted Oct. 26 10:34 a.m.
More Montgomery County resident votes have been recorded during early voting Oct. 13-25—a total of 177,138—than in any previous early voting period for a presidential election.
With five days still remaining in this year's early voting period, that 12-day vote total is nearly 13% more than the 156,818 votes cast through the 12 total days of early voting in 2016, the county's previous high count.
This year's early voting schedule is the first to run for a total of 17 days rather than 12; five more days of early voting were added when Gov. Greg Abbott extended the early voting window in July due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Despite the higher overall voter count, the 47.9% turnout among registered voters as of Day 12 this year is several percentage points below the 50.28% turnout recorded by Day 12 in 2016, although five additional voting days still remain this week. The early voting turnout percentage as of Oct. 25 is higher than all Day 12 totals prior to 2016.
Heading into the final week of early voting, 156,891 county residents had voted in person and 20,247 absentee ballots had been counted. The 11.43% of voters using the ballot by mail option through Oct. 25 is more than in any previous early voting period for a presidential election in the county, and this year marked the first time that percentage was higher than 10% through 12 days of early voting.
UPDATED: Montgomery County passes record 222,000 votes, 60% turnout through 16 days of early voting
Early voting turnout among registered county voters passed 60% for the first time Oct. 29. (Community Impact staff)