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4 biggest counties in North Texas set records for turnout in first three days of early voting

In Denton County, in-person voting is up 82% compared to 2016, ahead of Collin at 14%, Dallas at 8% and Tarrant at 2%.

The video above is a report from Oct. 15 on Latino voter turnout.

Updated at 2:35 p.m. with additional population and voter registration data. 

The four most-populated counties in North Texas have exceeded voter turnout after three days of early voting this year compared to the last presidential election. 

In-person voting totals for Collin, Dallas, Denton and Tarrant counties have all exceeded the totals from the first three days of early voting in 2016.

The North Texas population has increased in the past four years, and early voting this year has been extended to three weeks due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

There are also more registered voters this year compared to the last presidential election. 

In Denton County, in-person voting is up 82% compared to 2016, ahead of Collin at 14%, Dallas at 8% and Tarrant at 2%.

Denton County has almost doubled the 2016 turnout. 

First three days in 2016: 56,009

First three days in 2020: 102,163

Collin County also has seen a significant jump in votes cast so far, as compared to four years ago. 

First three days in 2016: 89,253

First three days in 2020: 102,163

Next up, Dallas County has exceeded 2016 by more than 13,000 in-person votes. 

First three days in 2016: 161,347

First three days in 2020: 174,648

Tarrant County, which actually saw an increase in voters in the second and third days of early voting this year, is up just slightly from four years ago.

First three days in 2016: 130,431

First three days in 2020: 132,706

Here's a look at the turnout for each county on each day of early voting so far in 2020: 

Totals for Oct. 13, 14, 15

Collin: 39,372, 37,832, 37,309

Dallas: 60,815, 57,569, 56,752

Denton: 35,944, 33,842, 32,378

Tarrant: 42,582, 45,064, 45,060

Population growth and registered voters

In the years since the 2016 election, each of these four counties has increased their population, according to estimates from the U.S. Census. The most recent population data is from 2019.

At the same time, all four counties have added registered voters as well.

Denton and Collin counties have seen the largest population growth and the greatest increase in registered voters.

Dallas County, which has outperformed Tarrant County for an increase in voter turnout has actually seen smaller population growth and fewer new registered voters.

The final tallies of registered voters won't be available until after Friday. The numbers below are early estimates from county elections officials. 

Denton County

Estimated population: 887,207
Registered voters: 565,107

9.8% increase in population
21.6% increase in registered voters

Collin County

Estimated population: 1,034,730
Registered voters: 648,237

9.6% increase in population
20.7% increase in registered voters

Tarrant County

Estimated population: 2,102,515
Registered voters: 1,211,258
3.9% increase in population
12.4% increase in registered voters

Dallas County

Estimated population: 2,635,516
Registered voters: 1,398,758

1.7% increase in population
8.7% increase in registered voters