Texas Voter Turnout Breaks Records

By Amanda Forbes and Austi Bryant
News Reporters

Results are showing that Bexar, Harris, Travis and Dallas county are leaning towards Hillary Clinton. Most northern counties are leaning towards Donald Trump.
Texas is breaking previous voting records as the divisive presidential race takes place.

square-election-01KVUE reported that Texas set a record with registered voters, which accounts for nearly 80 percent of the state’s eligible voting population. More than 15.1 million Texans registered to vote, a number up from 13.6 million in the 2012 election.

Dallas Morning News reported that Dallas county received federal officials from the Department of Justice who monitored polls in case of voter suppression, intimidation and other issues.

Additionally, early voting numbers this year topped 4 million, up half a million from the previous 2008 record. It also accounts for more than 41 percent of all registered voters in Texas.

Texas strict voter ID law was removed by a federal court due to how it violated part of the Voting Rights Act, however the state is appealing the ruling to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Texas polls closed at 7 p.m., results should be coming in within the next hour.

Holly Henrichsen

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