The coronavirus pandemic has upended how results will come in. Gov. Greg Abbott added six extra days of early voting, and 57.3% of registered voters cast their ballots before Election Day — 8.7 million in person and 973,000 by mail. This only includes mail-in ballots that were returned on or before Friday, the end of the early voting period. Ballots returned after that date will be counted later. Although mail-in voting was not expanded for all Texans, Texas saw a surge in mail-in ballots from those who qualify, including people who are 65 years or older, cite a disability or illness, or are out of their county during the early voting period and Election Day. Additionally, domestic mail-in ballots postmarked by Election Day are allowed to arrive as late as 5 p.m. Wednesday. In close races, counting mail-in votes is necessary to determine the winner, which could delay results. The official canvass of final voter results is scheduled to be completed by Nov. 17, and the secretary of state will release it soon after.
The Texas Tribune’s election data is provided by Decision Desk HQ, which gathers information from the secretary of state’s office and a representative sample of 28 counties. We’re posting results as quickly as they’re available. Decision Desk will call winners and provide voter turnout estimates for some federal races (president, U.S. Senate and U.S. House) and statewide races (Railroad Commissioner, Texas Supreme Court and Texas Court of Criminal Appeals). Decision Desk does not provide turnout estimates or call legislative races, so Texas Senate and House race winners will not appear in our results after the final canvass, which occurs a few weeks after election night. State Board of Education races do not have turnout estimates, but Decision Desk will call them. Some counties report results by precinct, and others report results from countywide voting centers. The “polling locations reporting” note under each legislative race accounts for both methods of reporting.