Blog Survey Finds Early Voting Soars in Tex.
By Shailagh Murray
The liberal-leaning Burnt Orange Report, a high-profile Texas political blog, offers some jaw-dropping early voting numbers that suggest Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama are running powerfully effective organizations in the state.
The blog surveyed the top 14 counties for registered voters for the 10-day period covering Feb. 19-Feb. 28, and it found that early voting had increased up to tenfold in some counties from 2004. The total increase in early voting was 584,000 just in the counties sampled, with Harris County already doubling its entire 2004 primary turnout. Early voting ended Friday in Texas, ahead of Tuesday's primary.
More than 9 percent of the state's registered voters took part in the early voting, according to the Texas secretary of state.
Here's a sample of county numbers:
Harris County (Houston)
Total registered voters: 1.8 million
Total early votes in 2008: 143,169
Total early votes in 2004: 14,994
Dallas County (Dallas)
Total registered voters: 1.1 million
Total early votes in 2008: 98,825
Total early votes in 2004: 9,568
Tarrant County (Fort Worth)
Total registered voters: 890,412
Total early votes in 2008: 68,344
Total early votes in 2004: 7,876
Bexar County (San Antonio)
Total registered voters: 867,084
Total early votes in 2008: 84,323
Total early votes in 2004: 12,471
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