HARRIS COUNTY, Texas - A new record has been set for the biggest turnout on the first day of early voting for the midterm elections.
Early voting kicked off Monday in Harris County, the same day President Trump spoke at a rally for Sen. Ted Cruz at the Toyota Center.
By Monday evening, more than 63,000 people voted in the midterm elections. That's the largest number of voters ever on the first day of early voting in Harris County.
It also beat the 2008 president election voter turnout in the county.
Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner tweeted the latest count and encouraged the public to get out and vote.
The lines at the polling site inside Tomball's public works building were unusually long Monday.
Determined voters waited at least 30 minutes to cast their ballot on the first day of early voting in Harris County.
“I think people just realize for a democracy to work, you got to have people participate,” said Champions resident Nancy Kral.
“It was convenient for me to do before the crowds come in," said Houston resident Tanesha Townsend who works nearby the Tomball site.
Voters were eager to beat the early voting crowds who typically come on the weekends.
“I think that this election is just important in general. I think that we have a lot of issues going on in our country right now, and I think this is how we let our voices be heard the right way,” said Joy Sumrall.
Both Republicans and Democrats were pleased to cast their ballot early.
“I’m 57 years old, and this is the first time I’ve decided to vote. It was just important," said Navy veteran Craig Wertz.
Wertz said he can’t afford to sit on the sidelines anymore.
“The Republican Party and the Democratic Party have gone two separate ways, and make your choice based on who you think is gonna provide better to your family and for your future. That’s what I did,” he said.
Those going to the polls should remember selfies or any photos taken must be taken outside beyond the distance markers.
Cell phone usage is prohibited, so if you bring your phone inside the polling site, don’t plan on using it.
Voters will be told to leave if they are wearing political pins, T-shirts or hats that are in favor of any particular candidate.
Voters today in Tomball got the message.
“No signs, not even one discussion," Kral said. "People were very respectful and very positive."
There are 46 locations in the county where you can vote during the early voting period.
Click here for locations and hours of operation.
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