Texas Reports Massive Turnout on First Day of Early Voting

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But still, if your schedule on Election Day - which, by the way, is Tuesday, Nov. 6 - looks like it may be busy, why wait?

So far, of the state's 7 million registered voters, more than 400,000 have cast early ballots at the polls and nearly just as many have requested mail-in ballots.

Almost 634,000 people are eligible to cast a ballot in today's municipal election.

The turnout excited some voters in Coral Gables.

"Everything is going smoothly", said Wilson County Elections Director Rená Morris.

50 more early-voting locations to open Monday around Chicago

Some election officials said they expect the heaviest turnout to be later in the week when they stay open at night.

Angelica Beltran, 18, received applause from poll workers when she showed up to vote for the first time at MDC's North Campus. "I can actually have my voice now".

Trutie said the early-voting crowds come and go throughout the day.

"We see so much anger or enthusiasm about candidates in much higher numbers than we've ever seen", Cross said.

"People paid for us to have the right to do this so it's important", Douglas Box said.

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Voters can also drop off ballots at voter centers.

Some saw voting as a sacred, mandatory duty.

"It's really in line with what we did with the presidential first day of voting two years ago", Collin County Elections Administrator Bruce Sherbet said.

With two weeks left until Election Day, Illinois voters are already hitting polls.

Early voting "isn't a part of the political culture like it is in other places", Fullmer said, pointing to states with so-called "no-excuse" absentee voting like Florida and Nevada. "Once you vote it's in the bank, you're good to go".

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Sample ballot to speed up the voting process.

A couple of ballot questions are driving a lot of interest - and television advertising.

To find out where to vote, visit the City of Ottawa's election website.

Early voting ends in Miami-Dade and Broward on Sunday, November 4 and in Monroe County on Saturday, November 3. Open to any registered voter, all they have to do is fill out an "early ballot application" with their name, address, and some personal information, and then mail or hand-deliver it to their local election office.

Similar surges from the first-day voting in the last midterm elections was also reported in other counties throughout the state, both large and small, according to The Texas Tribune.

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