Austin runoff election recap: New faces on Austin ISD, City Council; Travis County turnout around 10%

Turnout in Travis County for the Dec. 15 runoff election was 9.62%, or 54,070 total votes. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
Turnout in Travis County for the Dec. 15 runoff election was 9.62%, or 54,070 total votes. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)

Turnout in Travis County for the Dec. 15 runoff election was 9.62%, or 54,070 total votes. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)

After more than 11,000 Travis County voters went to the polls Dec. 15, total turnout in the Dec. 15 runoff election was 54,070 voters, or 9.62%.

Much of the county had just one school board race on the budget: the Austin ISD Place 8 at-large seat, which Noelita Lugo won over Leticia Moreno Caballero.

Low turnout is typical in December runoff elections in Austin. Some races occur only in certain districts within the city, and there are no statewide or federal races at the top of the ballot to drive turnout.

In 2018, 19,816 total votes were cast in three City Council races, and 28,670 were cast in the AISD at-large race.

Lugo and Lynn Boswell are two of four new AISD board members after their wins Dec. 15.


Mackenzie Kelly will be one of two new City Council members in 2021. After defeating incumbent Jimmy Flannigan, Kelly joins District 2 Council Member Vanessa Fuentes, who won in November.

Parts of Kelly's District 6 are located in Williamson County, where 6,385 total votes were cast in the council race.

Kelly won 54.33% of Travis County votes, while Flannigan had a slight edge in the Williamson County portion of the district, with 50.59% of the vote. Catch up with Community Impact Newspaper's election night coverage below.

Austin City Council District 6: Northwest Austin delivers newcomer Mackenzie Kelly a victory

Austin City Council District 10: Alison Alter wins runoff for the second time in four years, earns re-election

Austin ISD District 5: Lynn Boswell looks to make District 5 'big part of the conversation about equity' after win

Austin ISD Place 8: Noelita Lugo earns more than 60% of Election Day votes in victory