More than 30 early voting locations will operate daily Feb. 14-25 from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and noon to 6 p.m. Sundays, aside from countywide closures Feb. 21 in observance of Presidents Day. Registered Travis County voters may cast their ballot at any early voting site.
“With 11 days of early voting and 32 locations to choose from, voters can easily avoid long lines on Election Day by making an early voting plan at VoteTravis.com," Travis County Clerk Rebecca Guerrero said in a statement.
Voters in each party primary will select finalists for positions ranging from county commissioner and state senator to Texas governor and U.S. representative. Travis County sample ballots for Democrats may be viewed here, and for Republicans here.
The March primaries and November general election are held under new district maps for the state Legislature and Congress that were approved last year.
Early voting by mail is available only to select voters, including those who are age 65 and above; sick, disabled, or expected to give birth within three weeks of election day; away from Travis County during early voting; or incarcerated and eligible to vote. Ballot by mail applications are available through the Travis County clerk's office and may be mailed to Travis County Clerk-Elections Division, P.O. Box 149325, Austin.
New county residents who recently moved and were registered to vote elsewhere in the state can participate in Travis County primaries by casting a limited ballot. Limited ballots are available at the county clerk's elections division office at 5501 Airport Blvd., Austin, and residents can call 512-238-8683 to confirm their eligibility.
More information on voting in the March 1 primary is available online or by calling the clerk's office.
The March election follows a bumpy voter registration period in Texas. Several local elections officials criticized part of a new state law they said resulted in a jump in rejected voting applications in January as well as a reported paper shortage at the secretary of state's office affecting the distribution of voter registration materials. In her final weeks in office, former Travis County Clerk Dana DeBeauvoir said the new legislation and administrative issues amounted to voter suppression.