El Pasoans showed up to the polls for the Midterm Elections. But many are wondering how it compares to the past.
In the 2014 Midterm Election, there were more than 82,000 ballots cast with a voter turnout of more than 20 percent.
Two years later in the 2016 Presidential Election, more than 218,000 ballots were cast, which was a turnout of more than 51 percent.
This year, there were more than 204,000 ballots cast in El Paso, which comes out to 44 percent turnout.
El Paso was a little more than 15,000 voters away from having the same turnout this year as we did during the presidential election.
Local officials hope that the momentum continues in the future, which will help El Paso’s reputation.
“We have to make sure that we keep this momentum going. We have to make sure that we keep our elected officials accountable,” said El Paso County Democratic Chair Iliana Holguin. “We have to make sure that they know that we’re watching and that we’re listening and we’re paying attention.”
El Paso wasn’t the only county to see an increase in voter turnout.
Only about one in three Texans voted during the last three midterm elections. This year, more than half of registered voters in Texas voted.