With early voting totals surging to record levels across Texas and Kaufman County, voters are making their voices heard on a full slate of local, state and federal races.

Through Oct. 28, 42,011 of Kaufman County’s registered voters, or 51.29%, had already cast their ballots, according to the Texas Secretary of State’s Election Division. That total was reported with two days left for early voting in Texas. In 2016, the last presidential election year, 25,499, or 36% of Kaufman County’s registered voters, had cast early votes.

The same trends are being seen across the state. Through Oct. 27, 8.1 million Texans had cast early votes, which is 48.1% of the state’s registered voters. Early voting in Texas concluded Oct. 30. In 2016, 43.5% of voters had cast their ballots early during the entire early voting period.

Election Day is Tuesday, and the Cook Political Report this week assessed the race between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden as a toss up in Texas. Texas has not gone for a Democratic presidential candidate since 1976.

Here in Terrell, voters in Districts 3 and 5 will decide the makeup of the Terrell City Council.

In the City Council District 3 race, incumbent Mayrani Velazquez faces a challenge from Jonathan Preston and Thomas Brown. In Council District 5, incumbent Tim Royce is running alone on the ballot; however, former City Councilwoman Sandra Wilson is mounting a write-in campaign.

Other races of note include the Congressional District 5 race between incumbent Republican Lance Gooden of Terrell and Democratic challenger Dr. Carolyn Salter of Palestine. Gooden, who is completing his first term in Congress, is favored to win the heavily Republican district.

In the race for the U.S. Senate, Democrat MJ Hegar is facing incumbent

Republican Sen. John Cornyn. Most polls show Cornyn with a single digit lead over the challenger. Numerous contested races also are being waged for Texas judiciary seats as well for the State Board of Education and the Railroad Commission.

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