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The last day of early voting in Texas saw a record turnout at area polls.

Whether it was the gubernatorial election or the hotly-contested proposition votes, voters near River Oaks said they wanted to decide before everyone else shows up on Election Day.

“I’m glad I got here today because I know on regular voting its gonna be even busier,” said voter Ron Gordon.

Election officials said a number of factors have played a role in making early voting a record turnout in Harris County.

One factor is a national trend toward increased early voting. Officials said another reason for the high turnout is the fire in August that destroyed all of Harris County’s voting machines.

“We feel that because of the fire, the election actually got on the voter’s mind and radar way earlier than it would have,” said Hector Deleon of the Harris County Clerk’s Office.

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