46 percent of Gregg County voters cast early ballots
Nov. 2, 2012 at 11 p.m.
Early voting in Gregg County fell short of the mark set in the 2008 presidential cycle but still amounted to 46.4 percent of registered voters.
The 2,687 ballots gathered Friday brought the tally for the two weeks of early balloting to 31,602, said Gregg County Elections Administrator Kathryn Nealy.
That included in-person votes and the 2,673 mailed ballots received by Friday, Nealy said.
There are 68,088 registered voters in Gregg County.
The 2008 election drew 32,290 early votes.
Nealy noted this year's election does not have any local races left to decide in Gregg County, which could somewhat account for the smaller early turnout this year.
"It's still a really good turnout," she added.
Harrison County early voters were no slouches, either.
The 17,568 early ballots cast, in person and by mail, accounted for 41.5 percent of registered voters.
Early vote numbers in Harrison County from 2008 were not immediately available, but Elections Administrator Dan Teed said 27,912 total votes were cast in there in 2008.
"We'd only have to vote less than 11,400 more to break that record," Teed said. "I think I'm going to have to print some more ballots."
In Rusk County, 11,141 early ballots were cast. That was barely more than 36 percent of that county's 30,880 registered voters.
It also eclipsed the 9.2 percent level achieved in 2008 early voting there.
Upshur County Clerk Brandy Lee's office reported 7,326 early votes cast in person by the close of voting Friday.