A week into early voting, which Texas counties have the highest voter turnout?
AUSTIN (KXAN) — After a full week of early voting, nearly 3 million Texans cast ballots in the Nov. 8 midterm elections.
That’s a turnout of about 17 percent of the state’s 17.67 million registered voters.
KXAN tracks daily turnout data using our turnout tracker. Click here for our full breakdown.
Not surprisingly, Harris County reported the highest number of votes ever cast. The county, home to Houston, accounts for 14.5 percent of all registered voters in the state.
In the first week of early voting, almost 400,000 Harris County residents cast ballots out of 2.5 million registered voters. This is a turnout of 15.5%.
Tarrant (Fort Worth), Bexar (San Antonio) and Dallas counties have reported more than 200,000 votes cast, and Travis County (Austin) is a distant fifth, with 165,000 voters so far.
Suburban Collin, Denton and Fort Bend counties also reported more than 100,000 voters.
Meanwhile, Loving County reported the fewest votes so far, just 20. The West Texas county is the least populated in the entire country, so the low number of actual votes represented 18 percent of all registered voters there.
More rural counties lead the way when it comes to the highest percentage of registered voters who cast ballots.
Terrell County in West Texas had the highest voter turnout after the first week of early voting at 30.7 percent. So far, 193 of the county’s 629 registered voters have cast ballots.
Blanco County, west of Austin, and Jeff Davis County, southeast of El Paso, have voter turnout rates around 27 percent.
Llano County, northwest of Austin, and Gonzalez County, east of San Antonio, round out the top five with voter turnout above 25 percent each.
By far, Hudspeth County, just east of El Paso, had the lowest voter turnout at just 4.7 percent. Only 99 of the county’s 2,097 registered voters have cast ballots so far.
Early voting runs until Friday, November 4. Election day is Tuesday, November 8.