Record early voter turn-out in Denton County grew even larger before the polls closed Friday.
As of Friday morning, county elections administrators said they were only about 14,000 votes away from seeing 50 percent of Denton County’s registered voters already show up to cast their ballots.
Administrator Lanny Noble estimated around 7,000-8,000 additional voters had come into their 20 early polling places before lunch time Friday; meaning the half-way point would almost certainly be surpassed by the end of the day.
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The Carrollton Library has been one of their busiest locations, and it continued to be on the last day.
As the work week ended, the line there stretched out the front doors and down the sidewalk.
Noble said his poll workers were prepared to stay past the 7 p.m. close time if necessary to see that all the early voters in line can cast their ballots.
According to the county’s elections website, about 63 percent of Denton County’s registered voters cast ballots in the 2012 election and just over 30 percent participated in the off-year 2014 election.
If the turn-out continues to be strong on Election Day next Tuesday, they may see some of their largest numbers to date.