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Early voting closes for primary elections

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    This graph shows early voting in Bastrop County for the past four primary elections during presidential election years. Courtesy of Bastrop County Elections Department

On the last day of primary elections early voting last Friday, turnout in Bastrop County exceeded that of 2016’s primary election but failed to surpass the 2008 early voting numbers, according to county data.

Early voting was open from February 18 through February 28. According to the Bastrop County Elections Department, over the ten days of early voting, a total of 7,573 people cast their ballots-4,371 Republican voters and 3,202 Democratic voters. Compared to other presidential primary years, roughly 8,500 people voted ahead of election day in 2008; around 3,350 voted early in 2012, and around 6,300 voted early in 2016.

The last day saw a sharp spike in voters turning out at the polls, as also happened during the 2008, 2016 and, to a lesser extent, 2012 primaries. This year, 1,734 people voted early-854 Republican ballots and 880 Democratic ballots. In 2008, over 1,800 people voted on the last day of early voting. In 2012, only a little over 700 people voted on the last day of early voting, and in 2016, nearly 1,600 people voted on the last day of early voting.

These numbers do not include mail-in voters, provisional voters or limited ballot voters.