Texans cast 8.96 million ballots in the 2016 presidential election, according to the Texas secretary of state’s website.
Nearly 433,000 people went to the polls on Thursday to cast their ballot, bringing the total of in-person votes to over 8 million, according to the Texas secretary of state’s website.
Mail-in ballots, which continue to flow in from all over the state, account for over 947,000 votes so far.
The turnout among registered voters in 2020, 53% as it stands, could also exceed the near 59% of registered voters who turned out for the 2016 presidential election, according to the Texas secretary of state’s website.
The turnout among Texas registered voters in the 2016 election was higher than in the 2012 contest, but slightly lower than the 2008 election. Voters do not register by party in Texas.
Mail-in voting requires an excuse in Texas and is limited to residents 65 years or older, those who are sick or disabled, or those in jail but otherwise eligible to vote. Voters who are out of the county during early voting or on Election Day are also eligible for mail-in voting.
This story has been updated to include additional background information about early voting in Texas.