Travis County early voting turnout passes 13% with more than 103K ballots cast ahead of election day

Early voting in Travis County's May 1 election closed April 27. (Ben Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)
Early voting in Travis County's May 1 election closed April 27. (Ben Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)

Early voting in Travis County's May 1 election closed April 27. (Ben Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)

More than 13% of all Travis County voters eligible to vote in the May 1 election cast their ballots during the early voting period, representing the highest early voting turnout the county has tracked across recent May elections.

Overall, 103,832 of Travis County's 759,330 registered voters participated in early voting between April 19-27, according to information from the Travis County Clerk's Office. The majority of early voters chose to vote at one of the county's 19 physical voting sites, with 101,208 in-person ballots cast against just over 2,600 mail ballots.

The county's total number of early voters is many times higher than any recent May election not involving the city of Austin, and nearly double the participation seen in May 2016 when Austin's proposition on ride-hailing service regulations was rejected by voters.

This year's ballot in Austin is composed of eight propositions pitched to city voters covering topics such as firefighters' labor negotiations, criminalizing public camping and sitting, and several democratic items related to the city's leadership structure and elections practices. Other items on the ballot countywide include city council and ISD board elections and local propositions.

The county saw its early voting turnout jump this year during the back end of the nine-day period—on a Monday and Tuesday—when almost 44,000 voters representing nearly 6% of those registered cast their ballots. The overall 13.67% turnout recorded across all nine days of early voting is several points above than the previous May early voting turnout high of 9.87% recorded in 2016.

Voters who did not participate in early voting can look ahead to election day to cast their ballots. Dozens of vote centers throughout Travis County will operate between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. May 1, and registered voters may vote at any location regardless of precinct.

More information on the May 1 election may be found through Travis County Clerk Dana DeBeauvoir's office online or by calling 512-238-8683.


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