CORPUS CHRISTI (KIII NEWS) - Tuesday marked the second day of early voting and the only complaint so far has been the long lines. In fact, both days have had record breaking voter turnout -- not just in Nueces County, but in the Texas' 10 biggest counties as well.
This county's record numbers mirror the most recent presidential election years. This year, 5,845 voters cast their ballots on the first day of early voting. In 2012, that number was 5,039. In 2008, 5,087 people voted.
The same can be said for the number of registered voters in election years. This year Nueces County has a record number of registered voters at 199,051. In 2012 there were 192,083 registered voters; and in 2008, there were 198,938.
Early voting represented roughly a third of registered voters in 2008 and 2012.
Statewide, the Texas Tribune did a breakdown on record numbers of early voters in Texas' biggest counties. In Harris County, 67,471 votes were cast, compared to 47,093 votes in 2012. More than 58,000 votes were cast in Dallas County compared to 32,512 votes in 2012. In Bexar County, 35,427 votes were cast compared to 30,087 votes in 2012.
3News Political Analyst Bill Chriss said the numbers make the outcome even harder to guess.
"Although it is true that across the state early voting is increasing, it's still the case that in our county, Nueces County, out of 254 counties in Texas we rank 217th in voter turnout," Chriss said. "So we have a lot of catching up to do to get to some of these counties that are doing much better than us in terms of percentage of people who actually vote."
Chriss said Nueces County had more registered voters in 2000 than we do today, even though our population has increased by more than 40,000 people.
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