Heavy early voting reported

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Turnout numbers for early voting are among the heaviest in recent years, and election officials say the first three days went well.

Since Monday, 38,671 county residents have cast their ballots for the Nov. 6 general election.

“After the first two days of early voting, we are at a higher rate than we were during the first two days of the 2008 election,” said Frank Phillips, Denton County elections administrator.

On Monday, 12,299 residents cast their votes, and Tuesday it was another 13,742, Phillips said. In 2008, the first Monday of early voting saw 10,005 county residents cast their ballots.

By late afternoon, 12,630 people turned out to vote Wednesday.

Early voting continues at 17 locations in Denton County. The busiest sites are in Flower Mound, Carrollton and Denton, Phillips said.

“Everything is turning out really well,” he said.

The county also has seen an increase in voter registration — about 385,000 have registered to vote, Phillips said.

In 2008, more than 245,000 people turned out to vote, including more than 183,000 who voted early. The county had nearly 347,000 registered voters.

Denton County has 662,614 residents, according to 2010 census figures.

Texas Secretary of State Hope Andrade announced last week that the state had reached a record number of registered voters. As of Friday, Texas had 14 million registered voters, according to the announcement.

To cast ballots, voters need to show their voter registration certificate or any of seven approved identifications, including a U.S. passport or state driver’s license.

Photo identification is not required when voting in person during early voting or on Election Day, Andrade said.

Polling places and times are available at www.VoteTexas.gov and http://elections.denton

county.com.

“They can vote everywhere right now, so we can prevent long lines on Election Day,” Phillips said.

Early voting continues until Nov. 2.

KARINA RAMÍREZ can be reached at 940-566-6878. Her e-mail address is kramirez@dentonrc.com .

FIND PRECINCT NUMBER

To find early voting precinct numbers, call 940-349-3200 or visit the “Voter Registration Database Search” section of the Denton County Elections Administration website, http://elections.dentoncounty.com .

 


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