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Top Stories: Record Early Voting Numbers In North Texas; Construction Needs Managers

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News: Several counties saw record early voting numbers yesterday. According to unofficial totals, more than 43,000 residents voted in Tarrant County. Dallas County broke their first-day early voting records with nearly 58,000 casting ballots.

However, some voters in Denton County were turned away because of voting machine glitches. Some machines were programmed for Election Day, not for early voting -- so election workers couldn't log in.

Officials brought in new equipment, and voting returned to normal by 10:30 a.m. Denton County will investigate how this happened.

It remains to be seen if yesterday’s high turnout will continue through the early voting period, although election officials say interest is typically higher during a presidential election.

The state had a record 15.1 million people registered to vote this year.

Other stories this morning:

  • Texas is above the national average in voters casting ballots electronically. More than a quarter of the state’s eligible voters live in counties that use electronic equipment with no paper backups. We’ll explore what that means for voters in our statewide Texas Decides series.
  • Because of a construction boom in North Texas, builders not only need workers - they need managers. To fill that need, local colleges have seen their own boom of students seeking construction management degrees.
  • Three Texas schools made the top 100 in the U.S. News & World Report list of best global universities. None of them are in North Texas.

You can listen to North Texas stories weekdays at 8:22 a.m. and 6:20 p.m. on KERA 90.1 FM.