Harris County on Thursday broke the all-time voter record with one day of early voting remaining, the Harris County Clerk’s Office announced on Twitter.
The office has not released the number of votes as early as press time. Eight polling places remain open from night to Friday.
A record 1.34 million voters was set in the 2016 election. Texas also hit the statewide early voting milestone on Monday, as the proportion of registered voters surpassed the total number of voters. voters go to early voting from any other presidential election, the Texas Tribune reported.
Harris County has set a record despite a long COVID-19 pandemic and a series of lawsuits over election administration.
Harris County Secretary Christopher Hollins created an ambitious $ 27 million election plan for this year, implemented a number of changes including nearly tripling the number of early voting sites, adding voting according to Driving mode, mail ballot registration applications to all registered seniors and hire more than 11,000 worker polls.
Those additions also include a 24-hour voting period Thursday through Friday – a gesture that experts consider largely iconic.
“Even if they can only attract a few voters, it says a lot about the employee’s commitment to making it easy for people to vote,” said University of Houston political scientist Brandon Rottinghaus.
Zach Despart contributed to this report.