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Texas' 2020 early voting surpasses total turnout in 2016 election

October 30, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

More than 9 million people have voted early in the key state of Texas, surpassing the state's total turnout from the 2016 general election, with one more day of in-person early voting remaining Friday ahead of Election Day.

(CNN)More than 9 million people have voted early in the key state of Texas, surpassing the state's total turnout from the 2016 general election, with one more day of in-person early voting remaining Friday ahead of Election Day. Texans cast 8. 96 million ballots in the 2016 presidential election, according to the Texas secretary of state's website.

Nearly 433,000 people went to the polls on Thursday to cast their ballot, bringing the total of in-person votes to over 8 million, according to the Texas secretary of state's website.

The turnout among registered voters in 2020, 53% as it stands, could also exceed the near 59% of registered voters who turned out for the 2016 presidential election, according to the Texas secretary of state's website.

Early voting in Texas started on October 13 with thousands of voters facing long lines and waiting hours to cast their ballot at some locations.

Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott extended in-person early voting by an additional week this election due to the pandemic.

Voters who are out of the county during early voting or on Election Day are also eligible for mail-in voting.

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