Record early US voter turnout begins

Record early US voter turnout begins

Texans on Tuesday joined a wave of Americans casting ballots at a record-setting pace, jamming early-voting polling places ahead of a November 3 election showdown between Republican President Donald Trump and Democratic rival Joe Biden.

In Virginia, a fibre cut caused the state’s voter registration system to crash on the last day to register to vote before Election Day.

Long lines of voters snaked out the doors and down the pavement at polling places around big cities such as Houston and Dallas, social media videos showed.

“I’ve lived here 13 years and NEVER had a line to vote,” one voter wrote on Twitter, posting a video showing a line of people curling down a walkway 90 minutes before polls opened in Pearland, Texas, near Houston.