Rather, voters have shifted their voting from in-person to mail-in. Tuesday morning, Dominique Oxner was up at 5 a.m. After giving her cats some treats and making coffee, she was eager to get out the door before 6. Of course, if Biden does manage to win in Texas, it’s all over for President Trump. Abbott’s Limit on Mail Ballot Drop-Off Locations, California Consumer Do Not Sell My Personal Information, 18 days of early voting in Texas this year, Extra 5 days of early voting is due to the pandemic, Voter turnout this year is expected to reach new highs. Chuck DeVore is Vice President of National Initiatives at the Texas Public Policy Foundation. Chuck DeVore is Vice President of National Initiatives at the Texas Public Policy Foundation. We applaud them for their tenacity,” DeBeauvoir said. Texas awards 38 Electoral College votes in the presidential election. Greg Abbott. Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own. The 24-year-old said she felt safe voting early in person during the primary, and still does now after seeing the safety protocols in place inside the polling site. Texas is one of a handful of states that has refused to expand access to mail-in ballots due to the pandemic. Texas awards 38 Electoral College votes in the presidential election. The whole process went really fast. Download it here. So, once I entered the building, maybe five, seven minutes, and I was done,” Haro told Spectrum News after she voted. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Bottom line, it’s not an unexpected result and turnout isn’t surging in Texas compared to 2016. Because of the strong Democrat push for mail-in ballots, the share of votes by mail in Texas will likely hit 15% or more in the 2020 General Election. The extra five days was meant to try to provide some distance at polling places due to the public health crisis. Oxner drove to Southpark Meadows, where she fully expected on the first day of early voting for there to be a line, and she was right. Texas population has grown 7.3% since 2016. For some reason, the Lone Star State and its 38 Electoral College votes is considered to be a battleground—never mind that neither Vice President Joe Biden, nor his running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris, have made one visit to Texas this year. All Rights Reserved, This is a BETA experience. He was a California Assemblyman and is a Lt. It is keeping its usual rules, allowing mail-in for people 65 years or older, the disabled, people out of the county on election day and people in jail. Early voting will now begin Tuesday, Oct. 13 instead of Monday, Oct. 19 and run through Friday, Oct. 30. Greg Abbott. 0 videos remaining. Here’s an overview of everything Texans need to know about casting a ballot in the election. Overall, this translates into 187,575 more early votes by mail and in-person on day three for these 11 large counties. Comparing 11 of the 15 counties with the highest number of registered voters (four of the counties reported incomplete results from yesterday) to the same 11 counties four years ago after three days of early voting shows that there is no surge in voting, contrary to boosters of the blue state Texas narrative. One Texas woman was determined to be among the first in line on day one — no matter what. Voters wait in a long line in South Austin (Reena Diamante/Spectrum News), COVID-19/Coronavirus News & Announcements. Voters wait in a long line in South Austin (Reena Diamante/Spectrum News) Officials with the Travis County Clerk’s Office said 35,873 people voted early in person on Tuesday. Texas voters will soon head to the polls — from Oct. 13 to Oct. 30 for early voting and on Election Day, Nov. 3 — for the 2020 general election. Our new Spectrum News app is the most convenient way to get the stories that matter to you. AUSTIN, Texas - An extra six days has been added to the early voting period in Texas for November’s general election. Greg Abbott announced the decision on Monday, which had been expected, as Texas continues to suffer from a major outbreak of COVID-19 across the state. Explaining the apparent edge for Democrats, Ryan said, “The first day of early voting is dominated by mail-in ballots and we know that Democrats have gone all-in on mail-in voting. There was not that many people in there. Gov. Long lines formed even before the polls opened on Tuesday, and tens of thousands of people casted their ballots across the state in what's expected to be competitive races up and down the ballot.

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