7:15 p.m. update: Just after polls closed in the state for the 2020 Primary Election, lines remained long around Austin. Austin City Hall had a wait time of 90 minutes, according to Travis County’s online map. And Austin Community College Highland posted a wait time of two and a half hours.
Anyone in line at 7 p.m. will still be able to vote, even if it means the polling locations have to stay open a few extra hours. However, this could mean a delay in reporting the election results from some precincts.
Original story: Polls close across Texas at 7 p.m., and lines at several voting locations around Central Texas are already hours long, according to county officials.
Travis County’s online wait time map uses red, yellow and green pins to designate wait times. The majority of polling places around Central Austin are red, meaning a wait time of greater than 20 minutes. Viewers can click on individual pins to get specific wait times for that location.
Voters can expect 30-plus minute wait at most locations throughout Austin, with shorter wait times on the outskirts of Travis County. On The University of Texas at Austin campus, the polling location at the Perry-Castaneda Library is currently two hours long. But, 10 blocks south, the line at the Sam Houston Building is just 15 minutes, according to the online map.
Williamson County’s online map indicates most wait times are 15 minutes or less, but a few places including a Randalls in Georgetown and another in Round Rock, as well as Hutto City Hall, all have wait times surpassing 45 minutes.
Despite the long waits, which could get worse as people get off work, anyone who is in line by 7 p.m. will still be allowed to vote.
Guadalupe, Hays and Comal counties do not have wait times for their polling locations listed online.