Record early voting numbers across Texas

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TYLER, TX (KLTV)- Election officials say early voting turnout across Texas reached record numbers this year. Meaning, at least early on, polling places weren't as crowded as usual on election Tuesday.

Nearly 23,000 people in Smith county voted early in the gubernatorial race. That's compared to 14,000 early voters in 2006.

Election officials say there's obviously more interest in this election. Some say early voting is just a matter of convenience, while others say there's an underlining reason behind it.

"I would say that those numbers reflects that people aren't happy about what's going on right now," said voter Molly Clifton.

"I think it's just a matter of they're unhappy and the convenience," said voter Elaine Francis. "I know a lot of people at my work they work different shifts and they went when they could go and vote."

"I think they just thought it was a very important election," said voter Carole Haberle.

"People are unhappy and they want a change and even in the rain you can see all of us out here," said voter Betsey Bradberry.

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