More than 8,000 Travis County voters cast ballots on first day of early voting

Early voting for Travis County's May 1 local elections opened April 19. In this file photo, voters line up ahead of the 2020 primary elections at Millennium Youth Entertainment Complex in East Austin. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
Early voting for Travis County's May 1 local elections opened April 19. In this file photo, voters line up ahead of the 2020 primary elections at Millennium Youth Entertainment Complex in East Austin. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)

Early voting for Travis County's May 1 local elections opened April 19. In this file photo, voters line up ahead of the 2020 primary elections at Millennium Youth Entertainment Complex in East Austin. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)

Just over 1% of Travis County's 759,330 registered voters cast a ballot during the first day of early voting in the county's May 1 election.

A total of 8,183 Travis County voters participated in early voting April 19, including 7,425 in person and 758 by mail.

The early-voting period for this year's May election, which includes local elections such as Austin's slate of eight ballot propositions as well as council and school board races in surrounding cities, runs from April 19 through April 27.

This is the first May election that has included the city of Austin since 2016, when city voters defeated a proposition that led to ride-hailing services Uber and Lyft briefly stopping operations in the city. The city stopped holding May elections for the mayor and council members after 2012.

The 1.08% Day One early-voting turnout out of 759,330 registered voters is Travis County's second-highest since 2013 in a May election, behind only the 1.54% Day One early-voting turnout recorded in the county's May 2016 election.

The majority—just over 90%—of Day One early-voting ballots recorded April 19 were cast in person.

Early-voting locations throughout Travis County will operate from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. April 19-24 and April 26-27 and from noon to 6 p.m. April 25. More information on the May election and early voting may be found through the Travis County Clerk's Office.


By Ben Thompson

Austin City Hall Reporter

Ben joined Community Impact Newspaper in January 2019 after graduating with a degree in journalism from Northeastern University in Boston. He spent more than two years reporting on Montgomery County and The Woodlands area before moving to Austin in 2021 to cover City Hall and other news throughout the city. Contact Ben with questions, tips or feedback at [email protected] and follow him on Twitter @BThompson_CI.