Two percent of Texans have cast primary ballots so far

About 2 percent of Texans have cast ballots for the March 4 primary election, but thousands more are expected to head to the polls before early voting ends Friday.

Among those voters are more than 22,000 local residents — 15,352 Republicans and 7,457 Democrats — who cast their ballots through Saturday in an election that officials say appears to be going smoothly here.

“It’s going really well,” said Steve Raborn, Tarrant County’s election administrator. “I’ve not had any kind of big complaints.”

And he continues to offer the same advice he has offered all along in this second year of the state’s voter ID law: “Bring your photo ID to the polls.”

In the state’s largest counties, more Republicans have voted than their Democratic counterparts, except for in Cameron, El Paso, Hidalgo and Travis counties, according to voting data provided by the Texas Secretary of State’s Office.

More than 188,000 voters, or 2.17 percent of the state’s 8.6 million registered voters, voted in person in the state’s largest 15 counties through Saturday, according to the most recent information.

That includes more than 105,000 Republicans and more than 80,000 Democrats.

Locally, more voters have turned out so far this election than through the first five days of early voting in the past two primary elections.

In 2012, more than 14,000 voters — 3,887 Democrats and 10,881 Republicans — had cast ballots in the first five days of early voting, local election records show.

And in 2010, more than 15,000 voters — 2,415 Democrats and 12,725 Republicans — voted during the same five-day period, local records show.

Texans voting early may cast their ballots at any early voting site in their home county. Sample ballots are listed online at www.tarrantcounty.com/evote.

For information on any election issue, call the Tarrant County Elections Office at 817-831-8683.

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