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Yesterday Broke Travis Early Vote Record


by: Michael Hurta

Thu Oct 30, 2008 at 02:40 PM CDT


And with today and tomorrow left for the early vote, this is surely a pretty cool thing to read from the Travis County Clerk's office:
Travis County voters broke previous Early Voting turnout records Wednesday. More than 229,500 voters have cast a ballot, topping the 2004 record of 222,085. More than 15,000 votes had been cast mid-way through the voting period Thursday.

Travis County Clerk Dana DeBeauvoir said that vote totals are steadily climbing toward  what she expects to be a fantastic finish to the Early Voting period on Friday.

"We won't be surprised to see 50,000 voters on the final day--about twice the first-day turnout," DeBeauvoir said. "We're still trying to spread the word that voting early is going to be more convenient than voting on Election Day."

If you haven't voted yet, make sure you set some time to do so later today, tomorrow, or Tuesday.  If you want to vote in costume tomorrow, feel free.  (Just don't dress as a party, candidate, with a mask, or with mask on, or with a weapon.)  Regardless of whether you look like yourself when you cast a ballot or not, I think we all know the importance of your ballot being cast.

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Early voter turnout could yield early results (0.00 / 0)
If the trends continue to hold more than 50% of the electorate in Texas and in many other states could cast their votes before Nov. 4.  With this groundswell of early voting and the way statistics hold it is possible that results could be predicted very shortly after the polls close, especially in those counties that employ electronic voting equipment.

Looking at the electoral map the majority of the big swing states are in the Eastern and Central timezones (FL, OH, PA, NC). That coupled with the known red and blue states could give us the answer to the presidential question as early as 8 PM.

While there is no way either candidate will call the ball that early we should be able to pop the corks much earlier than we have in years past.

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Thanks to our volunteers! (3.00 / 1)
It's no accident that we've set a new early vote turnout record for Travis County.

Thank you to all our volunteers.  You've done a great job reaching out to voters, and your hard work is now paying off.

Only 5 days left.  Keep up the good work!


I'll avoid the lines and vote on election day (0.00 / 0)
Early vote has been good, although not as good as originally hoped. But the big question is whether these are extra voters, or just voters who would otherwise have voted on Election Day. (In 2004 we had a fantastic early vote and a disappointing Election Day turnout.)

We won't know the answer until Tuesday.  


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