Record turnout for first day of early voting


MARTIN COUNTY - Early voting began Tuesday and record crowds flocked to the polls.

The most populous county in the state, Harris County, had a record 169,532 voters cast and mail in ballots on the first day of early voting. As a state Texas surpasses 1.1 million votes on day one.

Martin County also had a record number of 179 voters on day one of the general election. There were also 26 voters in the City of Stanton election.

Early voting will continue through Oct. 30 at the Martin County Community Center. Regular hours are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday thru Friday. The doors are closed from noon to 1 p.m. for lunch and no voting will take place on weekends.

There are also two extended voting days, Oct. 20 and Oct. 27. Voters will be able to cast ballots from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Election Day will be Nov. 3 with polls opening at 7 a.m. and closing at 7 p.m.

Due to Covid-19 concerns, many election offices are seeing an increase in mail-in ballot requests.

“We normally see and increase in mail-in requests in a presidential election year,” said Martin County Election Administrator Helen Floyd. “ But it seems like we’ve had a bit more than normal.