Harris County Surpasses 2016 Total Voter Turnout with More Than 1.34 Million Votes Cast
Harris County voters are heading to the polls in record numbers this year, on Friday surpassing the number of ballots cast in the 2016 election. As of 1 a.m, 1,344,915 votes had been counted, with the number increasing as the 24-hour voting period continued.
“When you make voting easier and more accessible, more people will participate,” said Lillie Schechter, Harris County Democratic Party chair. “It is always a good thing when people have better access to the polls.”
This year, election officials tripled the number of election sites, expanded voting hours and added 10 drive-through locations. Eight locations have been open for 24-hour voting since Thursday.
“The clerk’s office has done an amazing job facilitating quick, safe and easy voting this year,” Schechter said. “Everyone should be celebrating the increased participation. Your vote is your voice, and people are speaking out in record numbers.”
Harris County set a record in 2016 with 1,338,898 voters casting ballots in the presidential election.
“Today’s the last day of early voting,” Schechter said. “I urge those who haven’t cast a ballot yet to take advantage of the many options available. Be a part of making history.”
For Immediate Release
Oct. 30, 2020
Contact: Angelica Luna-Kaufman