With early voting set to end today, polling locations across Hidalgo County have seen an increase in the number of people casting their ballot during the two-week early voting period, as the numbers have easily surpassed those back in 2014.
As of Friday, 100,773 Hidalgo County registered voters cast their ballots in the 2018 midterm general elections, according to unofficial numbers from the Hidalgo County Elections Department. This represents an increase from the 2014 midterm election, which saw a total of 59,190 ballots being cast during the two weeks of early voting.
In 2014, a total of 83,522 votes were cast in the election, a number that this year’s early voting total has surpassed.
However, according to numbers from the Hidalgo County Elections Department, those numbers are behind that of the 2016 presidential election, which saw a total of 176,160 ballots cast in the county.
Since the 2016 presidential election, the county has seen an increase of registered voters in the county from 338,990 to 362,815.
Some of the local races include city council races in the cities of Weslaco, Donna, Edcouch and Palmview as well as school board races in Edinburg, Weslaco, La Joya, Donna, Edcouch-Elsa, Mercedes and Monte Alto.
Early voting ends today at 7 p.m. And Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 6.