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Sunny skies in Texas for Election Day

Voters stand in line to vote at an early voting polling site, Monday, Oct. 20, 2014, in San Antonio. Early voting began Monday across Texas. The U.S. Supreme Court this weekend gave Texas permission to enforce a contested voter ID law this election. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

If you don’t vote this midterm season, you can’t blame the weather.

With early voting numbers at a record high, the weather in Texas shouldn’t hinder the number of people who cast ballots tomorrow.

Sunshine is to be expected from the time polls open to the times they close, which should encourage a high voter turnout.

The temperature during the afternoon will be warm, reaching a high in the low 70s.

Chris Bryan, the campaign manager for Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar, said while weather across the country could have an effect on the number of voters heading to the polls, he doesn’t see a threat for Texas.

“Inclement weather can certainly depress turnout on Election Day,” said Bryan. “However, it looks like Texas voters should have a mostly beautiful day, so I don’t anticipate a significant impact here.”

For those not willing to take the chance with the weather on Election Day, the state’s “no-excuse” two week early voting period gives voters more flexibility for casting their ballot.

James Henson, the director of the Texas Politics Project at the University of Texas at Austin, said more Texans are taking advantage of early voting, taking weather completely out the picture.

“Even if there was a relationship between Election Day voting and weather, early voting would almost certainly dilute weather’s impact on turnout,” Henson said.

Voters heading to the polls this evening after their work day should still see the same fair weather conditions, but the chances for rain and scattered thunderstorms increases throughout the evening. 

While the weather in Texas may be ideal for Election Day, other regions of the country are at risk.

A severe storm hit last night, damaging parts of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. The storm is predicted to bring heavy rainfall and damaging winds to parts of the mid-Atlantic and Southeast coast, which could impact tight races in states like Georgia and Florida.

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