El Paso breaks first day early voting record with more than 17,000 votes

Elections 2018
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Voting booths stand ready in downtown Minneapolis on Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018, for Friday’s opening of early voting in Minnesota. Minnesota and South Dakota are tied for the earliest start in the country for early voting in the 2018 midterm elections. (AP Photo/Steve Karnowski)

UPDATE: 

The final count for the first day of early voting is in!

A total of 17,294 votes were cast on Monday — the highest in El Paso County history.

UPDATE: 

El Paso has surpassed a first day early voting record.

According to the El Paso County Elections Department, a total of 15,286 voters cast their ballots as of 5:20 p.m. on Monday.

Monday’s totals broke the record set during the November 2016 presidential election.

EARLIER:

More than 10,000 El Paso citizens voted as of Monday afternoon, the first day of early voting.

El Paso County Elections Administrator Lisa Wise confirmed the number to KTSM and a Tweet just before 3 p.m. had the number at 10,400.

For context, the last mid-term election had 80,279 voters, with only 37,763 voting early. The 2016 Presidential Election had 210,502 total votes, with 145,729 coming during early voting.

KTSM will update this story with the final numbers at the end of the first day of early voting.

Here a full breakdown going back to 1988, courtesy of the Texas Secretary of State website:

YEARReg VotersVotedVoted %Early VoteEV %
1988

199,671

118,781

59.49%

41,099

34.60%

1990

197,735

76,753

38.82%

27,243

35.49%

1992

210,125

135,114

64.30%

63,247

46.81%

1994

229,056

91,509

39.95%

37,883

41.40%

1996

296,955

134,710

45.36%

51,104

37.94%

1998

332,020

92,049

27.72%

32,187

34.97%

2000

352,359

145,042

41.16%

65,161

44.93%

2002

355,201

102,347

28.81%

46,128

45.07%

2004

371,856

169,573

45.60%

94,183

55.54%

2006

375,425

90,723

24.17%

36,555

40.29%

2008

388,498

185,233

47.68%

113,431

29.20%

2010

379,727

88,505

23.31%

40,888

10.77%

2012

383,737

171,070

44.58%

94,468

24.62%

2014

403,979

80,279

  19.87%

37,763

   9.35%

2016

428,319

210,502

49.15%

145,729

34.02%

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