HOUSTON - The residents of Harris County have set an early voting record, the county clerk announced Thursday.
Within minutes of the polls opening Thursday morning, Clerk Stan Stanart said Harris County had crossed the benchmark of 700,982 votes.
That sets a new record for early voters by personal appearance, according to a news release from Stanart’s office.
Stanart expects the number of total early votes to be near the 1 million mark, he said.
Two full days of early voting remain before next Tuesday’s election.
The previous record was set in the 2012 November election.
The county sent out 123,954 mail-in ballots. As of Wednesday, 89,271 had been returned. Stanart predicts more than 100,000 mail-in ballots will be received by 7 p.m. on Election Day.
The clerk called it “incredible turnout for a historic election.”
To obtain the early voting schedule, a list of credentials to vote at the polling location, a personal sample ballot or other election information, visit the Harris County Clerk’s website at www.HarrisVotes.com or call 713.755.6965.