Thursday, October 25, 2018

Bexar County Residents Keep Up the Intensity on Early Voting

Posted By on Thu, Oct 25, 2018 at 12:44 PM

click to enlarge Voters wait in line to cast their ballots at Lion's Field. - SANFORD NOWLIN
  • Sanford Nowlin
  • Voters wait in line to cast their ballots at Lion's Field.
Four days in, Bexar County residents haven't lost their record enthusiasm for early voting.

Yesterday's count of 33,211 ballots cast was down just slightly from Monday's 34,021 and Tuesday's 35,306, according to county officials. By 11 a.m. Thursday, 9,442 people had voted at local polling places.

The daily numbers — more than double the usual for a midterm — obliterate records set in previous non-presidential election years. Indeed, they're barely shy of the record number of early votes set during the 2016 presidential contest.

Driving the increase are deeply divided reactions to the Trump presidency and a high-profile senate race between incumbent Ted Cruz and challenger Beto O'Rourke, according to political experts.

San Antonio voters are also weighing in on a trio of city charter amendments, which could spur enthusiasm for those more closely tuned in to local issues.

Early voting continues through Friday, Nov. 2.

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