Grayson County voters were part of the swell of people who turned out during the election season to make their voices heard on races from city council to the federal government.
A Texas Tribune article said the state’s turnout eclipsed any midterm in a generation and even beat the turnout for the 2000 presidential election in which Texan George W. Bush won the White House. Grayson County Voter Administrator Deana Patterson said she was surprised by the local turnout.
In Grayson County, the 2018 voter turnout was 53 percent of the 80,942 registered voters. In the nation’s last midterm election in 2014, there were 74,845 registered voters in the county and 23,719 votes cast for a voter turnout of 31.69 percent. In 2016, the last presidential election, Grayson County had 78,723 registered voters and a voter turnout of 60.74 percent.
Patterson said she is “not sure anyone predicted correctly” the number of people who would vote in the election. Patterson said the number of people who vote doesn’t really change the way they handle elections, but it might affect the things they need to do the work.
“There are a few supplies that we will stock heavier in the future and we will plan to set up extra phone lines and employ extra temporary help to man the phones during early voting and on Election Day,” she said via text message.
The Tribune article said only four of Texas’ 254 counties failed to garner more votes in this recent midterm election than they did in the same period in 2014. Grayson County’s neighbor to the south was one of the four large Texas counties with the highest turnout in the 2018 election. Collin County has 579,893 registered voters and 352,094, or 60.7 percent, of them cast ballots in the most recent election.