Early vote exceeds 45,000 in Cameron County

A line of cars for curbside voting stretches down the street Tuesday morning outside the Brownsville Public Library Main Branch. Tuesday marks the first day of early voting in Texas which continues until Oct. 30. (Denise Cathey/The Brownsville Herald)

By GARY LONG
Staff Writer
More than 45,000 Cameron County voters have already cast ballots in the Nov. 3 general election, according to early voting numbers provided Tuesday by the County Elections Office, a number that represents more than two-thirds of the entire early voting total in the 2016 presidential election.

If current trends continue, as many people as voted in the entire 2016 election will vote early this year, County Elections Administrator Remi Garza said, adding that the early-voting total could reach 70,000 to 80,000 out of an expected turnout of 110,000 to 120,000 for the complete election.

“We expect to get over 50% of the registered voters participating. It’s usually 46% to 48%, but this year we expect to see 70,000 to 80,000 vote early, which is normally what you would get for a complete election,” Garza said.

Monday was the seventh day of early voting at 24 locations across the county, and 45,475 voters had cast ballots. Early voting continues through Oct. 30, including on weekends.
glong@brownsvilleherald.com