Election 2016

Big Turnout On First Day Of Early Voting In Harris County

The County Clerk’s office calculated that about 6,000 people were voting per hour during the morning.

Voters lined up since 8:00 a.m. at the Champion Life Centre, in Spring, on Monday October 24th, first day of Early Voting,
Voters lined up since 8:00 a.m. at the Champion Life Centre, in Spring, on Monday October 24th, first day of Early Voting,

Early voting is under way in Texas and turnout has been strong across greater Houston, including Harris County.

The office of Harris County Clerk Stan Stanart calculated that, on average, 6,000 people were voting per hour during the morning of October 24th, the first day designated for early voting.

Houston Public Media's Coverage of Election 2016

Houston Public Media's Coverage of Election 2016

“That’s higher than what we’ve ever done before in Harris County’s history. So, the turnout is strong and, with the expanded hours that we have this, you know, first week, it will even be a higher turnout this week,” Stanart commented as he visited the polling place located at the Metropolitan Multi Service Center, on West Gray Street, near the Montrose Area.

Several voters who went to that location said they had never seen such a long line.

Many voters said they decided to cast their ballot on the first day of early voting to fulfill their civic duty as soon as possible.

However, others saw it as an opportunity to leave the long campaigns behind, especially at the presidential level.

That is how Anna Gavrelos looked at it.

“Quite frankly, I’m ready to get it over with. I think a lot of people are. From what I’ve heard on this line, a lot of people are here to just cast their ballot and forget about it,” Gavrelos noted as she waited in line.

At another polling place located in Spring the scene was very similar, a longer line than usual and Shannon Wright was part of it.

“The line was longer than I’ve ever seen. We’ve never had to wait more than five minutes, and we waited about 30 minutes today to vote, but once we got in, it went quickly,” said Wright as she exited the polling place.

Houston Public Media received an email reporting an incident in which Donald Trump supporters supposedly made some disruptive comments at that Spring location.

However, the election judge in charge said he wasn’t aware of any problems.

Overall, Harris County has set up 46 early voting locations, which will be open until November 4th.

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