Turnout for early voting in this midterm election reached 31%, about 7 percentage points below what it was in 2018. This may be due to voter apathy.
Domestic mail-in ballots turned in and postmarked by election day were counted if they arrived no later than 5 p.m. Nov. 9. Mail-in ballots from military and overseas voters had to be postmarked by Election Day and arrive no later than Nov. 14. In close races, mail-in votes and provisional ballots helped determine the winner, delaying the calling of those races. The certification of final election results was completed by all the counties on Nov. 21 and released by the secretary of state on Nov. 28.
The Texas Tribune’s election data was provided by Decision Desk HQ, which gathered information from the secretary of state’s office and a representative sample of 50 counties. Decision Desk called winners and provided estimates as to how many votes were left to be counted. The estimates of votes left to be counted changed throughout election night.
Contributions by Emily Albracht, Yuriko Schumacher, Darla Cameron and AmyJo Brown.
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