So, who's voted yet? How long did you have to wait? Going by this account in the Chron, I'd say the lines were substantial.
By the end of the day, 9,233 ballots were cast in the Democratic primary; 2,914 in the Republican, said Harris County Clerk's spokesman Hector de Leon. First-day totals for early voting in the 2004 presidential primary totaled 849 in the Democratic contests and 678 in the Republican.
A little back-of-the-envelope math: At this rate, about 100,000 people will vote early in the Democratic primary in Harris County. That's almost surely an underestimate, as early vote totals tend to rise towards the end of the period, but let's be conservative. Going by 2004 and 2006 results, the early vote is about 30% of the final tally. Let's be conservative again and say it'll be 40% this time, as there's been a pretty steady message of "Vote Early!" from party officials and us bloggers and whatnot. That pegs Harris County's early vote total at 250,000. From a turnout projection done a few months ago for Rick Noriega that I saw recently, Harris County will likely be about 17% of the statewide Democratic total for the primary. That puts the statewide total at about 1.5 million.
To put that into perspective, the 2004 Democratic Presidential primary turnout was 839,000. In 2000, it was 787,000. In 1996, 921,000. You have to go back to 1992 for an equivalent turnout, which was 1.48 million.
Finally, note that state Democratic officials were throwing around the number 1.8 million earlier this week. That total was last achieved in 1988, which coincidentally was the last time the Texas primary mattered. I thought that number was too high when I first heard it, but now not so much. And it could still be higher. Wow.
Oh, and it's not just Harris:
Turnout was also brisk in the suburbs, including Fort Bend County, where 1,697 ballots were cast in the Democratic primary and 944 in the Republican.