Election Day in Southwest Austin and Dripping Springs: Voting locations, local candidate information and more

Good Shepherd on the Hill in South Austin is one of 178 voting locations open on Election Day in Travis County. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
Good Shepherd on the Hill in South Austin is one of 178 voting locations open on Election Day in Travis County. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)

Good Shepherd on the Hill in South Austin is one of 178 voting locations open on Election Day in Travis County. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)

Polls open at 7 a.m. on Election Day, and a host of local decisions are facing voters in Austin and Dripping Springs. By the time the votes are counted, Austin will have at least one new face on City Council, four new Austin ISD board members and answers on two important transportation decisions. In Dripping Springs, two incumbent board of trustees candidates are running for re-election.

WHERE TO VOTE


Voters in Travis County can cast their ballots in person at any of 178 Election Day polling places. While familiar locations, such as Randall's grocery stores, are no longer on the list of polling places due to social distancing requirements, a number of new polling places are open this year, including the Impact Family Church on William Cannon Drive and Mercury Hall on Cardinal Lane, just off South First Street.

Estimated wait times at each of the polling sites are available at www.votetravis.com.

Hays County voters can choose between any of 48 polling places on Election Day, including four in the Dripping Springs area.

In both counties, voters who received a mail-in ballot can hand-deliver their vote. The Travis County location is 5501 Airport Blvd., Austin, and Hays County voters can deliver their ballots at 712 S. Stagecoach Trail, Ste. 1012, San Marcos.

CANDIDATE AND PROPOSITION INFORMATION


Community Impact Newspaper reporters conducted Q&A's with local Austin City Council and Austin ISD board candidates, asking about issues from community policing to reopening schools safely. Find those candidates' responses here. Not sure which district you live in? Find AISD's trustee boundaries here and the Austin City Council map here.

In Austin, voters will decide whether to authorize a major expansion in the city's public transportation network, including three new rail lines and an underground station downtown. The expansion would be funded with a property tax increase paid by homeowners in the city. Find more details here.

TURNOUT


Most Travis County voters have already cast their ballots. Turnout is already more than 75,000 votes higher than it was in all of 2016, with 553,290 votes registered ahead of Election Day.


Nearly 65% of the county's 855,175 registered voters cast ballots early. In 2016, total turnout was 65.2%.

Hays County has also surpassed its total turnout from 2016, with Election Day still ahead.

Polls are open from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. on Election Day. Voters in line at 7 p.m. will be able to cast their ballot. Visit communityimpact.com/voter-guide/election-results to see results from all local elections in your community.
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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