Few voters are deciding new leaders of Austin

(AP Photo/Eric Gay)
(AP Photo/Eric Gay)

AUSTIN (KXAN) – Early voting ended Friday in a runoff election where voters are deciding who will serve in most of Austin’s city council seats and who will become the city’s next mayor.

Heading into the final day of early voting, turnout was at 7.43 percent of registered voters, according to the Travis County Clerk’s office. However, that number increased on Friday. The county clerk estimates turnout will come close to 20 percent, if traditional patterns hold true.

“I think when you see something like nine out of ten people or eight out of ten people that are not voting in the runoff election so far, there’s a lot of work that we can do,” said Jeff Cardenas, co-founder of ThinkVoting.

At ThinkVoting, that work comes in the form of a cell phone app. They hope information, like the profiles and voting location maps in its “The Voting App” will help.

“My voting record in the past has not been superior,” said ThinkVoting Founder Joseph Santori. “Having learned more on the influence of city government on our property taxes, our school systems, all of this, it’s become much more important to me.”

What remains to be seen is if enough people will think voting is important to them on election day.

There are 12 races on the ballot in Travis County, including the races for mayor of Austin and seven city council positions. Election day is Tuesday.

Click here to view a customized ballot for you.

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