The Texas secretary of state reported figures for the first day of early voting in the 15 most populous counties in the state, including El Paso.
El Paso County had 9,465 early votes on Monday; 8,243 of those were in-person votes and
1,222 were mail-in ballots.
Texas Secretary of State Hope Andrade, the state's chief election officer, will be in El Paso on Thursday to speak to the El Paso Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and at a regional conference for people with disabilities about their voting rights and resources.
Andrade's office also reported that 13,646,226 Texans had registered to vote, a record for the state.
"I want to thank all Texans who registered to vote this year and all Texans who are already registered voters. The next step is getting to the polls during early voting or on Election Day (Nov. 6)," Andrade said.
Early voting began Monday in El Paso and continues through Nov. 2 at 18 voting stations and three mobile voting
"We're about 500 fewer than we had on the first early-voting day in the 2008 general election, but the voting is steady," El Paso County Elections Administrator Javier Chacon said Tuesday. "This is the time of year when we might start seeing changes in the weather, so we're urging everyone that can to vote early while we're having this nice weather."
The third and final presidential debate between Democratic incumbent Barack Obama and GOP challenger Mitt Romney took place Monday night, after the early-voting stations closed.
In 2008, a total of 10,800 El Pasoans had voted by the first day of early voting, 8,658 of them in person.
The four early-voting stations with the most voters were the Regency of El Paso on the West Side (1,041 votes); the Fiesta Shopping Center, also on the West Side, (1,037 votes); Bassett Place (975 votes) in Central El Paso; and Sunrise Shopping Center in the Northeast (743 votes).
El Pasoan Robert Pena said he plans to vote early today at Bassett Place.
"I am really looking forward to it, and I always vote early as a tradition," Pena said.
Lorena Chandler, who lives on the East Side, happened to be Downtown and decided to take advantage of the voting station in the lower level of the County Courthouse.
"I am most concerned about issues that affect veterans and the economy," she said after casting her ballot Tuesday.
According to the secretary of state, a total of 253,078 people (including those in El Paso) voted early in person Monday, and 125,794 voted by mail, in the 15 most-populous counties.
The other top populous counties in Texas are Harris, Dallas, Tarrant, Bexar, Travis, Collin, Denton, Fort Bend, Hidalgo, Montgomery, William-son, Nueces, Galveston and Cameron.
In Harris County, which has 2 million registered voters, a total of 47,093 voted on Monday and 40,566 had cast their ballots by mail.
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