UPDATE: At the close of early voting, 47.3 percent of registered Travis County voters have cast a ballot

Early voting for the 2018 midterm election ended Nov. 2. Over 47 percent of Travis County residents voted early this year.

Early voting for the 2018 midterm election ended Nov. 2. Over 47 percent of Travis County residents voted early this year.

Update: Nov. 3, 9:48 a.m.

As early voting in the 2018 midterm election came to a close at 7 p.m. Friday, county officials announced 47.3 percent of registered Travis County voters—more than 372,000 people—had cast a ballot to date.

This percentage is nearly double the early voting turnout for the 2014 midterm election, but it does not surpass the 51.1 percent early voter participation in the 2016 presidential election.

Voters who have not yet participated in the 2018 midterm election can cast a ballot on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 6. Here is a map of every Travis County Election Day polling location, with information on what to bring with you to the polls.

Update: Oct. 30, 9:26 a.m.

At the close of day 8 of early voting, more than 31 percent of registered Travis County voters—over 254,000 people—had cast a ballot in the 2018 midterm election.

A record-setting 94 percent of eligible individuals in the county are registered to vote, said Bruce Elfant, Travis County tax assessor collector and voter registrar. This is up from a previous record of 92 percent in 2016, he said.

“Now the big question is how many people will actually exercise their right to vote,” Elfant said. “It’s not good enough to be on the voter registration roles. You have to follow through and vote. Will Travis County ultimately be recognized as the highest turnout county in Texas?”

Update: Oct. 29, 7:07 a.m.

A week into the early voting period, 27.9 percent of registered voters in Travis County have cast a ballot. During the first 5 days, more than 30,000 ballots were cast each day. Early voting slowed slightly over the weekend, with 23,725 voters on Saturday and 12,530 on Sunday.

“We are seeing the numbers begin to tick down just a little bit,” Travis County Clerk Dana DeBeauvoir said. “That just means now is a good time to come out and vote if you have not done so already.”

There are 29 early voting locations in Travis County. Certain locations tend to be busier than others. Use this graph or visit www.votetravis.com to select a less busy voting center and reduce time waiting in line.

Update: Oct. 25, 9:20 p.m.

In the first four days of early voting alone, Travis County residents cast more ballots than they did in the entire early voting period for the 2014 midterm election.

The county announced Thursday evening that 148,349 votes have been cast in the 2018 midterm early voting period to date. By comparison, 144,519 people voted throughout the 12-day early voting period in 2014.

For registered voters who have yet to participate, early voting is available through Nov. 2. Here is a map of early voting locations in Travis County.

Update: Oct. 24, 9:28 p.m.

As the third day of early voting draws to a close, Travis County data shows that more than 30,000 residents cast a ballot on Wednesday.

"We have every indication that this is not going to slack off," County Clerk Dana DeBeauvoir told Community Impact Newspaper. "The way it looks like it’s going, we are going to have more than 30,000 voters every day throughout early voting.”

At this pace—an average of 3,000 voters per hour—DeBeauvoir said the county is on its way to a record-setting voter turnout for a midterm election.

She encouraged voters to use the county's online tool to view a map of nearby early voting locations and to check on wait times before selecting a location.

“I want people to know they don’t have to wait in line," DeBeauvoir said. "We have 29 early voting locations in Travis County. It’s usually the grocery stores that have lines. The other locations really don’t have lines at all.”

The online mapping tool includes a stoplight that indicates the busyness of each location. A red light indicates a wait of 45 minutes or longer, she said. A yellow light indicates about a 30 minute wait, and a green light is 10 minutes or less. The data is updated hourly while polls are open, she said.

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Update: Oct. 24, 8:33 a.m.

More than 35,000 voters participated in the second day of early voting in Travis County, bringing the combined total to 82,909 votes to date. At this rate, Travis County voters are on pace to set new records for voter turnout.

For comparison, in the last mid-term election, only 27,209 voters cast ballots in the first two days of early voting.

Original post: Oct. 23, 7:32 a.m.

At the close of the first day of early voting, 47,405 Travis County residents—likely a record-setting number for the county—had cast ballots either in-person or by mail. If the trend continues, the county is on pace to greatly exceed early voting totals for the 2014 midterm elections.

In November 2014, over 17,000 Travis County residents cast a ballot on the first day of early voting. Two years ago, for the presidential election, 47,109 ballots were cast on the first day of early voting.

As it stands, 779,393 Travis County residents are registered to vote, up from 732,037 in 2016 and 652,463 in 2014.
By Taylor Jackson Buchanan
Taylor Buchanan joined Community Impact Newspaper in 2018 after completing a master of journalism degree from the University of Texas. She worked as the senior reporter for Community Impact's Southwest Austin edition and is now the editor for the company's flagship Round Rock/Pflugerville/Hutto edition.


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