The first day of early voting in Texas drew long lines to polling sites in Victoria and Port Lavaca as voters and poll workers adjusted to new pandemic protocols.

In Victoria County, 1,720 people cast their ballots, smashing the previous record set in 2016 by more than 300 votes.

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Mark Rosenberg reports on rural community life for the Victoria Advocate as a Report for America corps member. He can be reached at mrosenberg@vicad.com or 361-574-1264 or on Twitter at @markrosenberg32. To support local journalism at the Advocate through Report for America, go to VictoriaAdvocate.com/report.

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