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Texas Expected to have Record Voter Turnout

Texas is expected to have about 68% turnout for voting in this election.  Since 1970, only once has the state of Texas exceeded 68% and that was when 2 Texas natives (GH Bush and Perot) were running and Clinton still won.

With the early voting over, Texas has already had 42% of registered voters vote in the top 15 counties in the state, which equates to 3.5 million people.  In the 2004 election, only 2.4 million voted early.

To put things into further perspective, Dallas County had 508,000 people vote which is 158,000 more than 2004.  People are definitely eager to get their voices heard.  With Texas beinng a traditionally Red state, I wonder who all these people are voting for...

Collin County, where I live, had over half of their registered voters out early, as well as Fort Bend which is near Houston.

Predictions show a 68% turnout which would be 12% higher than the 2004 election.  I love stats!  I can't wait to see the final numbers and how everything breaks down tomorrow... I'm so excited!

Comment balloon 13 commentsDonna Harris • November 03 2008 02:36PM


According to, Texas (like KY) is still pretty red, but you really have to wonder how accurate the polls are when voting is up 12%.  Seeing how the 'new' voters affect the results is going to be very interesting.  Laura Bush was in Shepherdsville, KY today campaigning on behalf of Sen. Mitch McConnell who is not only the incumbent but also the Minority Leader.  To me this indicates that everyone is nervous about the turnout because the just don't know what to expect.  I love it. 

Posted by Erik Hitzelberger, Louisville - Middletown Real Estate (RE/MAX Alliance - Louisville REALTOR-Luxury Homes) about 10 years ago

I just hope things go smoothly. I am planning on taking my son to High School Musical 3 (optional teacher's workday) tomorrow after our Tuesday meeting and tour. Then I coming home to dig in for the results.... 

Posted by Teresa Harris, Denver . Lake Norman . Charlotte (Lake Real Estate, LLC) about 10 years ago

I'm so glad I voted early!

Posted by Karen Otto, Plano Home Staging, Dallas Home Staging, (Home Star Staging) about 10 years ago

Donna, In parts of Virginia,  people waited up to 10 hours in line to vote early.  That just amazed me!  Hope the lines are shorter than that tomorrow!

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) about 10 years ago

Erik, I'm very nervous.  I think either one is going to have issues, but my main worries are the tax increases that were proposed.  Being self-employeed, we all know we don't need to pay more taxes!

Teresa, A day off in the middle of the week?  We never had those!

Karen, Me too!

Patricia, 10 hours?  I think I would have sent in an absentee ballot rather than standing there for even 10 minutes! I'm not a very patient person, to an extent.

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - about 10 years ago

Hi Donna... I think that high voter turnout is a good thing.  A democracy only works if everyone votes.  The high turnout shows how very frustrated Americans are with where we are and the road we have been on for the past 8 years.  Nobody seems to want another 4 years of that so they seem to be turning out to make sure that they cast their vote for the candidate they feel will deliver the change we so badly need.

Posted by Steve Shatsky about 10 years ago

I love the stats too! Voter registration is up all over the country...and that's a good thing. I can't get over that many people still don't vote. You can't effect change, (or whatever word you want to use this year) with apathy.

Posted by Craig Rutman, Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor (Helping people in transition) about 10 years ago

Steve, I don't quite see it like that, but you make a nice point.  I saw a pole they're running that asks if people should be fined if they don't vote.  At last check, 75% think there should be fines for people not living up to their American right/duty.

Craig, 2004 was the first time I voted.  I probably should have voted before, but I thought of it like, if I didn't vote, I couldn't complain.  Now that I've voted, I'm allowed to complain!

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - about 10 years ago

Donna - I think there is supposed to be a record turnout in many states.  It's going to be interesting to learn the actual numbers.  :)

Posted by Debi Ernst, GRI, e-PRO, Broker/Sales Associate (St. Charles County, Missouri - Prudential Alliance Realtors) about 10 years ago

Debi, I know!  I'm so excited to hear all the stats!

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - about 10 years ago

I'm glad to see that voter turn out was actually up pretty high.  A lot of Americans got out and did their civic duty.

Posted by Jason Carpentier ( about 10 years ago

I'm a "permanent mail voter," usually voting about three weeks before any specific election. For the first time in history, San Diego County has more registered Democrats than registered Republicans, and Obama won in a landslide here with record voter turnout here and throughout California.

Posted by Jim Frimmer, Realtor & CDPE, Mission Valley specialist (HomeSmart Realty West) about 10 years ago

Jason, yes, but still not enough...

Jim, That's interesting to hear with Arnold in office.

Mark, I posted this a couple of weeks ago, so I'm unsure what you mean.

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - about 10 years ago