Austin Election Day guide 2019: learn where you can vote, what's on the ballot and more

A sign directs voters inside at the Austin Public LIbrary's George Washington Carver branch.
A sign directs voters inside at the Austin Public LIbrary's George Washington Carver branch.

A sign directs voters inside at the Austin Public LIbrary's George Washington Carver branch.

This election, both the city of Austin and Travis County ballots include referendums. Here is a guide to what is on the ballot, where to vote and more information. Polls are open on Election Day across the county from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Election day polling locations

Registered voters in Travis County can cast their ballots at any polling location within the county on Election Day. A full list of polling centers can be found below.

Early voting turnout

According to the Travis County Clerk's office, 48,415 residents voted early, for a total turnout of 6.02%. Daily voting totals can be found below, courtesy of the Travis County Clerk website.


Oct. 21 — 3,077

Oct. 22 — 2,925

Oct. 23 — 3,007

Oct. 24 — 3,049

Oct. 25 — 3,280

Oct. 26 — 2,030

Oct. 27 — 933

Oct. 28 — 3,367

Oct. 29 — 3,818

Oct. 30 — 4,612

Oct. 31 — 6,196

Nov. 1 — 12,121

Citizen-led petitions

This November, although there are no candidate races on the ballot, Austin voters will see a pair of questions that have riled up city officials, citizen groups and a wide range of stakeholders.

Ballot explanations

Learn about what is on this year's ballot, including two propositions that landed on the Austin ballot thanks to citizen-led petitions and a Travis County referendum on whether to allocate hotel occupancy tax revenue for an expansion of the Travis County Expo Center.

New voting machines

Travis County commissioners approved purchasing a new $8.16 million voting system in August 2018. This election is the first time it will be in use.

How are local elections paid for?

Elections are paid for by the county, which is then reimbursed by local governments for their respective portion of the costs.

The end of mobile voting

A new state law took effect Sept. 1 that prohibits the use of mobile voting. In past elections, Travis County has relied on mobile voting locations to serve rural and senior populations.
By Jack Flagler
Jack is the editor of Community Impact Newspaper's Central Austin and Southwest Austin editions. He began his career as a sports reporter in Massachusetts and North Carolina before moving to Austin in 2018. He grew up in Maine and graduated from Boston University, but prefers tacos al pastor to lobster rolls. You can get in touch at jflagler@communityimpact.com


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