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Celebrations and protest of presidential results take place in downtown Austin
(Emma Freer/Austonia)

Austinites, both in support of President-elect Joe Biden and current President Donald Trump, have taken to the streets of downtown Austin after the results of the presidential race were called earlier today.


In front of the Texas Capitol, the street separated the Biden and Trump supporters congregating on Congress Avenue and 11th Street. Police and State Troopers were present in the area, containing the crowds as cars with various flags honked their horns and drove by.

Some showed up to the Capitol as early as 12:30 p.m. While there were more Trump supporters initially, there are more Biden supporters into the evening.

On the Biden side of the street, supporters for the president-elect waved signs of peace. As vehicles with Trump flags drove by, different chants erupted from the crowd, including "Fuck Donald Trump" and "Lose and go home."


Bimh Li, an Austin resident attended the rally in support of Biden.

"I was ecstatic (when Biden won Pennsylvania)," Li said.

(Emma Freer/Austonia)

Traffic increased in the area into the afternoon. The Austin Police Department tweeted at 2 and 4 p.m. to avoid the area.

David Lee Snow and David Sumnall said they both helped organize the Trump rally in Austin from Dallas because they believe the counting of the votes was an unfair process that involved fraud.

"We feel like this election has had enough questionable activity, and we just want it to be fair," Snow said. "We can deal with whatever results if it's a fair process, but there's too much fraud ... We want every legitimate vote counted and if we lose, we lose."

(Emma Freer/Austonia)

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Election Day: What you need to know for the primary runoffs today

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Come later tonight, Texans will officially know who will be on the ballot for the November general election.

In Texas, candidates must win at least 50% of the vote to be elected. In the March primaries where the top candidate only received a plurality of votes, a runoff is being held. Voters will decide on the candidates to represent their party in the November general election. Just like the March primaries, voters will choose which party they'd like to vote in. Then based on location, each ballot will show which races are in a runoff.

Here's everything you need to know before heading to the polls.

Know before you go

The registration period for this election has passed; check if you're registered to vote here.

The polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. As long as you're in line by 7 p.m., you can vote.

You'll need a valid photo ID to present once you're at a polling location.

Here is where you can vote in Travis County.

View wait times at polling locations here.

Races to watch in Travis County:

Statewide

Lieutenant Governor

  • Republican: Incumbent Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick won his primary in March.
  • Democratic: Mike Collier and Michelle Beckley are vying to be the Democrat candidate on the ballot.
Attorney General
  • Republican: Incumbent AG Ken Paxton is fighting for his seat against George P. Bush.
  • Democratic: Rochelle Garza and Joe Jaworski will face off to be the Democratic candidate in this race.

View all the statewide races on the ballot here.

U.S. House of Representatives

View the district you live in here.

District 21

  • Republican: Incumbent Chip Roy won his primary in March.
  • Democratic: Claudia Andreana Zapata and Ricardo Villarreal are hoping to secure this vote.
District 35
  • Republican: Dan McQueen and Michael Rodriguez are going head to head to be the Republican candidate in this race.
  • Democratic: Former Austin council member Greg Casar won this race in March.
Texas House

District 19

  • Republican: Ellen Troxclair and Justin Berry are vying to be the Republican candidate in this race.
  • Democratic: Pam Baggett won her primary in March.