Election Day in Central Austin: Voting locations, local candidate information and more

The Millennium Youth Entertainment Complex in East Austin is one of 178 Election Day voting locations open in Travis County. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
The Millennium Youth Entertainment Complex in East Austin is one of 178 Election Day voting locations open in Travis County. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)

The Millennium Youth Entertainment Complex in East Austin is one of 178 Election Day voting locations open in Travis County. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)

Polls open at 7 a.m. on Election Day, and a host of local decisions are facing voters in Austin. By the time the votes are counted, Austin will have at least one new face on City Council, four new Austin ISD board members and answers on two important transportation decisions.

WHERE TO VOTE


Voters in Travis County can cast their ballots in person at any of 178 Election Day polling places. While familiar locations, such as Randall's grocery stores, are no longer on the list of polling places due to social distancing requirements, a number of new polling places are open this year, including the Austin Central Library, Lions Municipal Golf Course and concert venue Emo's Austin.

Those who received a mail-in ballot can also hand-deliver their vote. The Travis County location to drop off the mail-in ballot at 5501 Airport Blvd., Austin, is open from 7 a.m.-7 p.m.

Estimated wait times at each of the in-person polling sites are available at www.votetravis.com.

CANDIDATE AND PROPOSITION INFORMATION


Community Impact Newspaper reporters conducted Q&A's with local Austin City Council and Austin ISD board candidates, asking about issues from community policing to reopening schools safely. Not sure which district you live in? Find AISD trustee boundaries here and the Austin City Council map here.

Austin voters will decide whether to authorize a major expansion in the city's public transportation network, including three new rail lines and an underground station downtown. The expansion would be funded with a property tax increase paid by homeowners in the city. Find more details here.

TURNOUT


Most Travis County voters have already cast their ballots. Turnout is already more than 75,000 votes higher than it was in all of 2016, with 553,290 votes registered ahead of Election Day.

Nearly 65% of the county's 855,175 registered voters cast ballots early. In 2016, total turnout was 65.2%.


Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Election Day. Voters in line at 7 p.m. will be able to cast their ballot. Visit communityimpact.com/voter-guide/election-results to see results from all local elections in your community.
By Jack Flagler
Jack is the editor of Community Impact Newspaper's Central Austin and Southwest Austin editions. He began his career as a sports reporter in Massachusetts and North Carolina before moving to Austin in 2018. He grew up in Maine and graduated from Boston University, but prefers tacos al pastor to lobster rolls. You can get in touch at jflagler@communityimpact.com


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