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(Bob Daemmrich)

Austin voters will face eight propositions on their May 1 ballot, each of which proposes to amend the city charter in ways big and small. Two propositions, in particular, have garnered attention—and controversy. If passed, Proposition B would reinstate a ban on public camping that Austin City Council lifted in 2019 and Proposition F would shift the city government from its current strong-manager form to a strong-mayor form. But the other six propositions could also have far-reaching impacts for how the city is run, from police oversight to campaign finance reform.

The last day to register to vote for the election is Thursday. Residents can find out if they are already registered here.

Travis County residents can register by:

  • Filling out an online application here
  • Texting "REGISTER" to 48683 to get an application
  • Visiting any Travis County Tax Office (addresses can be found here)
  • Requesting an application from the Texas Secretary of State here
  • Picking up an application at any Austin-area public library, post office or state office locations for the departments of public safety and health and human services

Early voting

Early voting begins on Monday, April 19 and runs through Tuesday, April 27. Early voting polling locations can be found here and will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday through Saturday and from noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday.

Mail-in ballots

In Texas, only certain voters are eligible to vote by mail. They include: people who are 65 and older; out of the country during the entire election period; sick or disabled; or in jail.

The last day to apply for a mail-in ballot is Tuesday, April 20. Note that applications must be received by this date, not just postmarked.

The application form, which can be found here, must be mailed to the following address:

Dana DeBeauvoir
Travis County Clerk - Elections Divisions
P.O. Box 149325
Austin, TX 78714

Election Day

Election Day is on Saturday, May 1. Polling locations will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.


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