Voting continues ahead of the Texas statewide constitutional amendment election this November. 7.
Fourteen proposed Texas constitutional amendments are on the ballot, along with several local and school elections.
KXAN Voter’s Guide: What you need to know before the November 2023 election
The November election comes two years after the last constitutional amendment election, in November 2021. Since then, more than 760,000 Texans have registered to vote across the state.
According to numbers from the Texas Secretary of State, more than 17.7 million people are currently registered to vote in the state. That means 763,362 more people are on the voter rolls compared to two years ago, an increase of 4.49%.
Of the 254 counties in Texas, 184 saw an increase in the number of registered voters during that two-year period, while 70 saw a decrease in voter registration.
Suburban counties, particularly those surrounding Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, Austin and San Antonio, saw the largest increases in voter registration, which echoes the population increases in those counties.
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Kaufman County, just outside of Dallas, had a voter registration increase of 14.22%, more than any other county. Kaufman is also the fastest growing county in the state, based on 2022 population estimates from the US Census Bureau.
Eleven other counties saw voter registration increases of more than 10%, including suburban counties such as Waller, Rockwall, Ellis, Comal and Montgomery.
Harris County, home to Houston, added more voters than any other county – an increase of more than 100,000 in the last two years. Denton and Bexar counties each added more than 50,000 new voters, while Tarrant and Collin counties added more than 40,000.
Jefferson County, home to Beaumont and Port Arthur, had the largest drop in the number of registered voters, losing 1,726 voters from the rolls. DeWitt, Hale and Jim Wells counties each lost more than 500 voters.
But Bailey County, northwest of Lubbock, saw the biggest percentage drop. The number of registered voters in the province decreased by 334, a 9.64% decrease.
Voter registration in Central Texas
In the 15 counties that make up the KXAN viewing area, more than 92,000 people registered to vote between November 2021 and November 2023, a 5.69% increase.
About 36,000 of those are in Travis County, while 27,000 are in Williamson County. Just over 15,000 new registered voters live in Hays County. Bastrop, Burnet and Caldwell counties each added more than 1,000 new voters to their rolls.
Blanco County had the largest percentage increase in voter registration, up 10.35% compared to November 2021. Hays and Bastrop counties each saw increases of more than 9%, while the number of registered voters in Burnet County increased by more than 8%.
San Saba County is the only local county with a decrease in the number of registered voters, below 19, or 0.51%, in the past two years.