By STEFAN MODRICH
Early voting concluded last Friday in Texas, and Fort Bend County was off to a record-setting start in terms of voter turnout.
Fort Bend County placed second among the top 10 urban counties in the state, reaching 67.97 percent turnout, according to the Texas Secretary of State. Harris County recorded 57.91 turnout percent during early voting, and Dallas County recorded 57.17 percent. Fort Bend trailed only Collin County at 69.05 percent heading into Election Day on Tuesday.
In total, 327,865 people utilized early voting in Fort Bend out of its 482,368 registered voters. Of that total, 299,683 voted in person and 28,182 by mail.
The county has also added 78,333 new registered voters since 2016.
“Our neighbors, friends, and family members in Fort Bend County are excited about participating in this historic election and continue to lead the state,” County Judge KP George said in a statement. “By extending our hours, expanding our polling locations, and providing every resource we can to voters – we see clear, positive results.”
Technical issues delayed the start of early voting Oct. 13, but the county still managed to set single-day records through the first five days of early voting.