HARRIS COUNTY, TEXAS - In Harris County, voters managed to smash records during early voting this year, and election officials are expecting Tuesday to be extremely busy.
On the final night of early voting, long lines snaked around polls. Just before 10 p.m. Friday, the last dozen or so voters were just getting inside the Bayland Community Center to cast their ballots.
"I think it's huge. This has really riled up a lot of people this election," said Natalie Fischer, a voter.
"It's a pretty contentious campaign. There's a lot of people really upset on both sides. It's not at all unlikely that so many people turned out for this," said Luke Daniels, another voter.
Here's how the numbers break down: In 2008, Harris County saw close to 1.2 million voters; in 2012, we actually crossed the line, and in 2016, the county clerk is projecting we will hit 1.4 million.
"On Election Day, we are putting out almost every piece of equipment we have in the county. Election judges have staffed up larger than we ever have before," said Stan Stanart, Harris County Clerk.
All to handle an interest in voting like we've never seen before.
"We think this is actually a really important and tremendous election, and we think Tuesday is going to be a little chaotic," Fischer said.
Saturday morning, voting machines will be leaving the warehouse and going out to voting locations. For every five precincts, there's one technical inspector standing by just in case they need to troubleshoot on Tuesday.
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