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A total of 103,832 Austin residents—or around 13.7% of registered voters—have cast their ballots in the May 1 local election. (Laura Figi/Austonia)

After a surge in the final two days of the early voting period that led to long lines at some polling places, a total of 103,832 Austin residents—or around 13.7% of registered voters—have cast their ballots in the May 1 local election, which typically sees low turnout. This represents nearly double the number of Austinites who voted early in the May 2016 local election but less than a third of the number who voted early in the November 2020 local election, according to the Travis County Clerk's Office.


Voters will determine the fate of eight propositions, including Proposition B, which would reinstate a ban on sitting, lying, camping and panhandling in certain areas, and Proposition F, which would change the city government from a strong-manager system to a strong-mayor one. More about the propositions can be found here.

The final two days of the early voting period did see a significant increase in turnout, accounting for around 42% of ballots cast.



For some voters, this meant atypically long lines.

"The vote count should be representative of the community," Mayor Steve Adler tweeted on Monday, urging his followers to vote against Prop B in the tail end of the early voting period and on Election Day. "So far, those early voting are not. They're much, much older and much, much more Republican."

Some commenters took issue with Adler's message, arguing that it was dismissive of older or Republican voters and politicized Prop B, which has been spearheaded by Save Austin Now, a local political action committee led by the Travis County GOP Chairperson Matt Mackowiak and local Democratic activist Cleo Petricek.

Election Day is on Saturday. Polling locations, which will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., can be found here.

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