Alex Samuels is Community Reporter for The Texas Tribune.

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Texas Surpasses 2016 Total Vote Count

A person wearing a finger sack points at an "I Voted" sticker after casting ballot for the upcoming presidential election in Houston, Oct. 13, 2020. REUTERS/Go Nakamura

Through Thursday, 9,009,850 have voted so far this year, with one day of early voting left. That amounts to 53 percent of registered voters. In 2016, 8,969,226 Texans cast a ballot in the presidential race.

People Want to Donate to Children at Border Patrol Facilities in Texas. They're Being Turned Away

From left: Meagan O'Toole-Pitts, Ashley Cortez, Oliver Cortez, and his father, Mark Cortez, attempt to drop off diapers and toys for detained children at the immigration detention center in Clint.  Photo courtesy of Armando Martinez Photography via The Texas Tribune

A Border Patrol official told a state lawmaker that the agency doesn't accept donations for facilities where children are reportedly being held in substandard conditions.