Travis County clerk says voter turnout could hit 18%-20%

Travis County Clerk Dana Debeauvoir addresses the press Nov. 2. (Darcy Sprague/Community Impact Newspaper)
Travis County Clerk Dana Debeauvoir addresses the press Nov. 2. (Darcy Sprague/Community Impact Newspaper)

Travis County Clerk Dana Debeauvoir addresses the press Nov. 2. (Darcy Sprague/Community Impact Newspaper)

Travis County Clerk Dana Debeauvoir said she expects 18%-20% of registered Travis County voters will cast ballots between early voting and Election Day.

As 4 p.m. Nov. 2, about 53,000 people had voted on Election Day.

Previously, 100,632 Travis County voters cast their ballots during early voting, accounting for 11.84% of the 849,679 registered county voters. She said the late turnout of the last day of early voting and a busy morning on Election Day lead her to believe there will be a relatively large turnout.

"[The turnout] is not fabulous, but it's a good turnout for a constitutional election," Debeauvoir said.

Constitutional elections refer to elections between presidential and midterm elections, when there are often only city or state propositions to consider. This year, Austin residents will vote on eight statewide propositions and two city propositions: Proposition A, which address police staffing, and Proposition B, which concerns parkland.


Debeauvoir said the turnout was low initially except for Oct. 29, when more than 20,000 people turned out to vote.

She said Austin's Proposition A is likely driving the turnout. Proposition A has brought in more than $1 million in political action committee funds supporting and opposing the measure, according to Federal Election Commission filings, and significant attention from the City Council, the Austin Police Association and more.

Debeauvoir said Travis County often sees higher voter turnout than other Texas counties, and the early data suggests this trend will likely hold for this election.

Debeauvoir said she expects the pace will remain steady, and does not anticipate people will have to wait in lines, unless there is a localized backup at a particular location.

So far, some south locations, such as Zilker Elementary School, Austin Oaks Church and South Park Meadows, have experienced wait times around an hour.

Live wait times can be found here.

Community Impact Newspaper's election guide can be found here.


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