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Travis County voters waited in long lines on Tuesday to cast their ballots on the first day of early voting in Texas.

Nearly 36,000 Travis County residents cast their ballots on Tuesday, the first day of early voting, according to the Travis County Clerk's office. An additional 22,577 mail-in ballots were received, bringing the total number of ballots cast yesterday to 58,467—more than double the number of mail-in ballots sent out during the last presidential election, in 2016.


Although many local early voting polling places posted wait times of more than an hour yesterday and photos circulated on social media showing long lines, Travis County saw a slight decrease in turnout on the first day of early voting. On Tuesday, 35,890 people voted early, compared to 35,999 on the last day of early voting in the November 2016 election.

Other Texas counties saw a different trend.

More than 128,000 people in Harris County voted early yesterday, shattering the previous record of about 68,000 that was set in 2016. In Dallas County, nearly 60,000 voted early, breaking a previous record of around 59,000 in 2018.

In the 2016 election, Travis County saw its highest early voting turnout on the first day. By the end of the early voting period, just over half of registered voters in the county had voted early, either in person or via a mail-in ballot.

The early voting period in Texas runs through Oct. 30. Gov. Greg Abbott announced in July that it would be extended six days due to the pandemic.

Travis County has 37 early voting locations. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from noon to 6 p.m. on Sundays. Voters can find wait time estimates for each location here.

The following six sites will be open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 28; Thursday, Oct. 29; and Friday, Oct. 30:

  • Ben Hur Shrine Center
  • Millennium Youth Complex
  • PfISD Rock Gym
  • South Park Meadows, Suite 400
  • South Park Meadows, Suite 500
  • Austin Central Library

Travis County residents can confirm they are registered here, learn more about voter identification requirements in Texas here, view their personal ballots here and find races to watch here.

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It's matchday! Austin FC—Austin's first major league sport team—kicks off its debut season in Los Angeles today after years in the making. We know how much this means to our beloved city and are taking you along with us as we journey to LA!

Austin FC writer Claire Partain and I are excited to bring you game-day coverage straight from the City of Angels. Check back here for updates, and visit our socials: @austonianews for the latest.

5 p.m: Kickoff!

It's finally here! Claire will be updating Austonia's Twitter account live. And we'll post her game recap after the game. Best of luck Verdes!

4:40 p.m: Excitement radiates back home

Watch parties are in plenty supply back home. Austonia's Laura Figi visited Circle Brewing Co. and found a crowd of excited supporters.

4:20 p.m: Austin FC supporters are in the stadium

Although the Banc of California Stadium is hosting the match at limited capacity, we see some green in the stands ahead of kickoff. Just moments away from the Austin FC's debut!

~3:20 p.m: Austin FC's team bus enters the stadium grounds

With a warm welcome from Los Verdes, Austin FC players were welcomed into the Banc of California Stadium.

~1 p.m: Los Verdes in LA

(Rigo Rodriguez/Los Verdes)

Austin FC supporters are making their presence known in LA, including the Los Verdes group.

Los Verdes members started having match-day fun around the area this morning with brunch. We'll be joining them about an hour before the game outside the stadium to share some of their excitement. We'll post immediately to Austonia's Instagram.

11:45 a.m: We landed!

View from hotel room where we're staying; the stadium digital sign can be seen in the right corner. (Sonia Garcia/Austonia)

Switching over to pacific time, we're here and it's almost like no time went by. It's 9:45 a.m. here.

We've been in contact with Los Verdes, an Austin FC supporter group, who is also here in LA counting down to kickoff.

8:20 a.m: LA bound

Like many of you, we've been looking forward to this moment for, let's just say, a very long time. Today, we woke up bright and early, headed to Austin-Bergstrom International Airport and hopped on a flight to LA.

A gloomy day in Austin with a very quiet airport, we're headed to sunny skies in California.

As we wait for the game to start at 4:30 p.m., check out Claire's preview of the game with a predicted lineup and timeline of the long journey to get here.