0.38% of registered voters turn out in Travis County on first day of early voting

Early voting began Oct. 21. Election Day is Nov. 5.

Early voting began Oct. 21. Election Day is Nov. 5.

Just over 3,000 people—or 0.38% of registered voters—cast their ballots on the first day of early voting Travis County.

Early voting runs from Oct. 21 through Nov. 1.

Local elections in the Austin area include two city referendums brought about by citizen-led petitions and one county referendum on whether to allocate hotel occupancy tax revenue to an expansion of the Travis County Expo Center.

The early voting polling locations that saw the most voters included Pflugerville’s county tax office, Randall’s at Research and Braker and the Ben Hur Shrine mega center.

The city of Pflugerville is voting on its mayor as well as one council member.

Travis County saw two changes to its voting process this election.

First, it debuted a new $9.7 million voting system that includes a paper trail—a piece of paper the voter can use to review choices before depositing it into the ballot box scanner–for improved security.

“I’m very confident that we are buying the very best equipment on the market,” Travis County Clerk Dana DeBeauvoir told Travis County commissioners in August 2018, when they approved the purchase.

Second, a new state law took effect that prohibits the use of mobile voting.

During the 2018 gubernatorial elections, Travis County operated 61 mobile voting locations, most of which catered to rural and senior communities.

“It’s very difficult to replace this program,” DeBeauvoir told Community Impact Newspaper this month. “In fact, it’s not replaceable.”

Election Day is Nov. 5.

For more on what is on the countywide ballot, click here.

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By Emma Freer

Emma Freer began covering Central Austin for Community Impact Newspaper in 2017. Her beat includes the Travis County Commissioners Court and local business news. She graduated from Columbia Journalism School in 2017.


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