A view of political signs, Monday Oct. 22, 2018, outside Lions Field Adult and Senior Center. Credit: Edward A. Ornelas for the San Antonio Report

Three days into early voting, high voter turnout continues.

The Bexar County Elections Department reported that 102,541 people cast their ballots in the first three days of early voting. On Wednesday, 33,211 people voted, which was 6,975 fewer votes compared to the third day of early voting during the 2016 presidential election.

However, Wednesday’s tally exceeded the third day of early voting during the 2014 midterm elections by 19,714 votes.

Elections department officials also said applications to vote by mail are due Friday, Oct. 26. Voters who are 65 years or older by Election Day, sick or disabled, in jail but still eligible to vote, or outside of their county on Election Day and during early voting can apply to vote by mail.

“This election is shaping up to be one of the busiest midterms in recent election history,” Callanen said in a news release Wednesday. “Right now, we have more than 1 million registered voters, so if County voters want to avoid long lines on Nov. 6, they may vote early or by mail if they qualify.”

The elections department confirmed that more than 1.1 million voters were registered in Bexar County earlier this week, a record high. This year, 76 percent of the voting age population is registered, an increase from 2016’s 73 percent and 2014’s 70 percent. On Monday, more than 34,000 people waited in line to cast their votes on the first day of early voting – a 13,000 increase from the 2014 midterm elections.

Early voting continues through Nov. 2. Election Day is Nov. 6.

Jackie Wang covered local government for the San Antonio Report.