With early voting returns in, Casar has earned 67.73% of the vote from District 4 residents. Louis C. Herrin III, a local environmental engineer, earned 24.12% of votes cast in the District 4 election. Massage therapist and driver Ramesses II Setepenre gathered 8.16% of the votes. Austin City Council’s District 4 covers a portion of North and Central Austin.
"Austin has the opportunity to be a model for what progressive and inclusive governments can achieve," Casar told Community Impact Newspaper Nov. 3. "Voters have expressed a mandate for a continued progressive agenda in our city."
The 15,691 early votes cast for the District 4 race outpaced the total number of votes cast for the City Council seat throughout the entire 2016 election. Casar that year outpaced challengers Herrin and Gonzalo Comacho with 60.89% of the more than 12,000 votes in the District 4 race.
Casar has now been re-elected to his seat on the council dais twice. When he was first elected in 2014—the first election under Austin’s current districting—Casar was the youngest council member to take office.
The Travis County Clerk's office is still counting votes from Election Day. According to the County Clerk's office, the unofficial number of early voters was 553,290, or 64.7% of the 855,175 registered voters in the county. As of 6 p.m., the clerk's office said 43,000 voters had cast ballots on Election Day.
Results are updated as of 7:17 p.m. and are unofficial until they are canvassed and certified by the county clerk. Under Texas election law, the clerk accepts and counts mail-in ballots postmarked by Election Day and received by Nov. 4, if they were sent from inside the U.S., or Nov. 9 if they were sent from outside the U.S.