As early voting begins in Texas, here’s your guide to casting your ballot in the Lake Travis-Westlake area

Voters line up at the Westlake United Methodist Church on the first day of early voting Oct. 13. (Amy Rae Dadamo/Community Impact Newspaper)
Voters line up at the Westlake United Methodist Church on the first day of early voting Oct. 13. (Amy Rae Dadamo/Community Impact Newspaper)

Voters line up at the Westlake United Methodist Church on the first day of early voting Oct. 13. (Amy Rae Dadamo/Community Impact Newspaper)

Texas kicked off early voting Oct. 13 for the Nov. 3 general election, which Travis County officials said could draw the highest voter turnout rate of recent years. From local school board to statewide elections, Community Impact Newspaper has compiled information on voting in the Lake Travis-Westlake region.

Voting dates

Gov. Greg Abbott extended the early-voting period in Texas due to the coronavirus pandemic.

  • Oct. 13: Early voting begins

  • Oct. 23: Last day to request a mail-in ballot*

  • Oct. 30: Last day of early voting

  • Nov. 3: Election Day


*date received, not postmarked

Polling locations

Travis County will have 37 early voting centers open and 200 locations open on Election Day. A list of early voting locations in the Lake Travis-Westlake can be found below. You can also find the list at the Travis County Clerk's website, with wait times updated live. Travis County voters are allowed to cast their ballot at any voting center throughout the county.


Early voting

Early voting will run from Oct. 13-30. Residents can cast their ballot Mondays-Saturdays from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. or Sundays from noon-6 p.m.



Election Day

On Nov. 3 residents can cast their ballot from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Those in line by 7 p.m. will be allowed to vote.



Who's on the ballot

*denotes incumbent

National races

President

R: Donald J. Trump*

D: Joseph R. Biden

L: Jo Jorgensen

G: Howie Hawkins

Statewide races

U.S. Senate

R: John Cornyn*

D: Mary “MJ” Hegar

L: Kerry Douglas McKennon

G: David B. Collins

Texas Railroad Commission

R: James “Jim” Wright

D: Chrysta Castañeda

L: Matt Sterett

G: Katija “Kat” Gruene

Supreme Court, chief justice

R: Nathan Hecht*

D: Amy Clark Meachum

L: Mark Ash

Supreme Court, Place 6

R: Jane Bland*

D: Kathy Cheng

Supreme Court, Place 7

R: Jeff Boyd*

D: Staci Williams

L: William Bryan Strange III

Supreme Court, Place 8

R: Brett Busby*

D: Gisela D. Triana

L: Tom Oxford

Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 3

R: Bert Richardson*

D: Elizabeth Davis Frizell

Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 4

R: Kevin Patrick Yeary*

D: Tina Clinton

Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 9

R: David Newell*

D: Brandon Birmingham

Local races

U.S. House District 21

R: Chip Roy*

D: Wendy Davis

L: Arthur DiBianca

G: Tommy Wakely

U.S. House District 25

R: Roger Williams*

D: Julie Oliver

L: Bill Kelsey

Texas Senate District 24

R: Dawn Buckingham*

D: Clayton Tucker

Texas House District 47

R: Justin Berry

D: Vikki Goodwin*

L: Michael Clark

Texas House District 48

R: Bill Streiber

D: Donna Howard*

Texas State Board of Education, District 5

R: Lani Popp

D: Rebecca Bell-Metereau

L: Stephanie Berlin

Texas State Board of Education, District 10

R: Tom Maynard*

D: Marsha Burnett-Webster

L: Trip Seibold

Chief justice, 3rd Court of Appeals District

R: Jeff Rose*

D: Darlene Byrne

Travis County races

District attorney

R: Martin Harry

D: Jose Garza

Sheriff

R: Raul Vargas

D: Sally Hernandez*

Tax assessor-collector

D: Bruce Elfant*

R: Marilyn Jackson

L: Erica Lockwood

Judge

R: Michael Lovins

D: Andy Brown

County commissioner, Precinct 3

R: Becky Bray

D: Ann Howard

District judge, District 460

R: Geoffrey Puryear*

D: Selena Alvarenga

County Court at Law, No. 9

D: Kim Williams*

L: Christopher David

Eanes ISD board of trustees, Place 1

Kim McMath

John Troy

Leander ISD board of trustees, Place 3

Christine Mauer

Chris Remy

David “Speedy” Wise

Leander ISD board of trustees, Place 4

Anna Smith

Jeff Johnson

Candidate Q&A's

Find Community Impact Newspaper’s Lake Travis-Westlake candidate Q&A’s here.

Jack Flagler contributed to this report.
By Amy Rae Dadamo
Amy Rae Dadamo is the reporter for Lake Travis-Westlake, where her work focuses on city government and education. Originally from New Jersey, Amy Rae relocated to Austin after graduating from Ramapo College of New Jersey in May 2019.


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