North Texas counties shatter first day early voting records

North Texans shattered first day early voting records on Monday. Dallas, Tarrant and Collin counties all reported record-high vote totals for the first day of early voting.

Dallas County said there 58,344 ballots cast, breaking the 2008 record of 34,415. Tarrant County had 43,149 votes, breaking 2012’s record of 30,133. Collin County reported 30,288 votes cast on Monday, nearly doubling the 2012 record of 16,531.

There were a few technical problems with electronic voting in Denton County, but overall there were no reports of any major disruptions. Some machines at 11 sites in Denton County were set up for election day use, not early voting. By noon all of the machines were up and running.

There were reports of long lines in Denton County and waits of up to two hours in some locations.

Dallas County elections administrator Toni Pippins-Poole said the county also received more requests for mail in ballots than ever before. There were more than 43,000 requests, with 19,000 already returned and in the process of being counted.

In Dallas County, there was a mix of voters happy to cast their ballots and those less than enthusiastic with their choices.

 “I voted for Donald Trump, not always the best candidate, but as a country we need a leader,” said Evan Martinek.

Charles Haggard said voting for Trump wasn’t an option for him.

“My candidate I voted for clearly has faults, but I wasn't about to vote for Trump,” Haggard said.

An immigrant from Nigeria was thrilled to cast a ballot. He said many people around the world don't get to participate in an election process like the United States has.

 “We have elections but not like this,” said Alphonsus Ekweirke. “People are queued up and when they come out, they are sure that their votes will count. Over there, the votes don't count.”

Carla McPike says she voted for Hillary Clinton in part due to Trump's comments about immigrants.

"I waited years to become a citizen. Really puzzles me that people who have this right won't exercise it," McPike said.

But Danny Rigas, an immigrant from Greece voted for Trump.

“I witnessed what happened to Greece first hand. I lived there. It is sad. The same thing is happening here,” Rigas said. “It is amazing to me that we run up the debt to $20 trillion and we have a candidate who continues to imply she will do more of that.”

Sue Collie voted for the first time 60 years ago. She never thought then that she would be voting for a woman for president.

“It makes me feel good as a woman, I think women have come a long way in this world,” Collie said.

To vote, people have to bring a valid photo with you to the polls. There are seven acceptable forms of ID, including a Texas driver’s license, U.S. Passport or military ID. If you don't have one, then you have to sign a declaration stating and provide some other form of documentation, like a bank statement or a utility bill.

Another item on the ballot that is gaining attention is the new Rangers ballpark.

Voters in Arlington will decide whether to approve a plan to help fund a new, retractable-roof stadium for the Texas Rangers. The latest independent survey shows voters evenly split on the proposal.

On a national scale, Donald Trump has raised concerns about the election being rigged in favor of his opponent Hillary Clinton. The Dallas County Elections Administrator says those concerns are simply unfounded.

Trump has urged his supporters to monitor voting at polling places, but officials say those supporters would need documentation showing they are certified poll watchers in order to do that. Otherwise, they would not be permitted into a polling place.

Early voting in Texas continues through Friday, November 4. Election Day is Tuesday, November 8.

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