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july 14 election

(Sarah Eckhardt)

State Rep. Eddie Rodriguez announced Monday that he would back out of the special election runoff for Kirk Watson's former state Senate seat, giving the win to former Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt.

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(Charlie L. Harper III)

From high turnout to staffing concerns, from the importance of mail-in voting to safety at the polls, Travis County Clerk Dana DeBeauvoir and other observers view last week's rescheduled primary runoff and special election as a tip-of-the-iceberg dry run for a new Election Day normal.

"July definitely taught us some lessons that we are going to really put to use before the November election," said DeBeauvoir.

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Working at the polls for the primary runoff and special election in downtown Austin could have been smoother.

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