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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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