Voters walk into the Claude W. Black Community Center to cast their ballots.
Voters walk into the Claude W. Black Community Center to cast their ballots in October 2018. Credit: Bonnie Arbittier / San Antonio Report

More than 34,000 people in Bexar County cast their vote Friday, bringing the cumulative in-person voting total to 171,996

Friday’s tally of 34,422 votes fell 4,440 votes short of the fifth day of early voting in the 2016 presidential election, but skyrocketed past the fifth-day total of the 2014 midterm elections by 20,515 votes.

This election cycle, Bexar County saw a record high of more than 1.1 million registered voters. Bexar County Elections Administrator Jacque Callanen said the county is approaching presidential election year numbers, but hasn’t reached them yet. In the 2016 presidential election, a total of 436,731 people cast ballots in person during early voting, according to the Texas Secretary of State’s office

“We haven’t gotten quite to that level,” she said. “It’s close, but we’re not there yet. We’ll see what tomorrow brings.”

As early voting continues through the weekend, Callanen said the numbers will keep rising.

“If the weather is terrific and everyone comes out, maybe we’ll break those numbers tomorrow,” she said. “But as of today, we still haven’t broken those numbers.”

While voters mostly seem content, Callanen warned there may continue to be long lines due to high turnout. But otherwise, early voting has continued to run as planned, she said.

“The election officials are doing a great job at the polls,” she said.

Early voting continues through Nov. 2. Election Day is Nov. 6. Find out more about where and when to vote here.

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Jackie Wang

Jackie Wang is the local government reporter at the San Antonio Report.