SUGAR LAND, Texas – Fort Bend County continues to break records for early voting turnout. The numbers have surpassed the overall total from the 2016 election, according to Judge KP George.
Over 20,000 voters have been showing up each day.
“It’s been a crazy year. You are either with it or against it and that’s why I feel like everybody is voting now,” said Kendall Butler.
In 2016, more than 260,000 registered voters in Fort Bend County cast their ballot in the election.
Early voting for this election isn’t even over and already 305,987 or 62.7% of registered voters have already cast their ballot.
“People coming out and exercising their rights in these numbers, it encourages me. That means people are paying attention,” George said.
George said he is expecting another 15,000 to 20,000 voters before early voting ends Friday.
People are worried about the pandemic. They’re worried about financial security. They’re worried about putting food on their family’s table. I think that’s what it is. People are showing up in droves,” Rocky Saligram said.
One of the most ethnically diverse counties in the country, people in many of the suburban Fort Bend communities who have never been civically engaged before are now showing up to the polls.
“It’s my first time voting, so I just decided why not...everyone else is doing it...my family did it. I just wanted to be a part of the election,” Cheyenne Cortez said.