Austin election guide 2019: learn about what's on the ballot, where to vote and more

Early voting began Oct. 21. Election Day is Nov. 5.

Early voting began Oct. 21. Election Day is Nov. 5.

This election, both the city of Austin and Travis County ballots include referendums. Here is a guide to what's on the ballot, where to vote and more information.

Key dates:

First day of early voting: Oct. 21
Last day to apply for ballot by mail: Oct. 25
Last day of early voting in person: Nov. 1
Runoff election day: Dec. 14

Early voting polling locations: 

Registered voters in Travis County can cast their ballots at any polling location within the county during the early voting period. A full list of polling centers can be found here.



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.





Early voting turnout


The first day of early voting resulted in low turnout: 0.38% of registered voters in Travis County cast their ballot.





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, which prohibits the use of mobile voting. In past elections, Travis County has relied on mobile voting locations to serve rural and senior populations.


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By Emma Freer

Emma Freer began covering Central Austin for Community Impact Newspaper in 2017. Her beat includes the Travis County Commissioners Court and local business news. She graduated from Columbia Journalism School in 2017.


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