Travis County pushes early voting to avoid long lines at polls

(AP File Photo/Eric Gay)
Early voting polling site in Austin, Texas in 2014. (AP File Photo/Eric Gay)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — More than 470,000 people in Travis County are expected to vote in the presidential election on Nov. 8. The Travis County Clerk’s office is asking most of those voters to step up and vote early.

“We need 30,000 people to vote early every single day of early voting in order to take the pressure off of Election Day,” explains Travis County Clerk Dana DeBeauvoir.  “If you’re one of those folks who’s already made up your mind about how you want to vote, then we’ll ask you to vote the first or second day of early voting.”

In anticipation for a possible record turnout, the county has added more early voting sites: a total of 30 permanent early voting sites, 91 mobile locations and four mega site locations. The sites will also have extra booths, anywhere from 10 to 20.

“We’ve got faster laptops. We’ve got different steps in the process to intervene for voters, to help them with ID’s, different ways to cure previous bottlenecks.”

Early voting starts Monday, Oct. 24 and runs 12 days, through Nov. 4.

Voters can also go online or contact the Travis County Clerk’s Elections Division at 512-238-VOTE to find the most convenient early voting location near you.

Early Voting Mega Site Locations:

  • NORTH – ACC Highland Mall, 6001 Airport Blvd.
  • SOUTH – South Park Meadows, 9600 IH 35 S
  • EAST – Millennium Youth Complex, 1156 Hargrave St.
  • WEST – Ben Hur Shrine Center, 7811 Rockwood Ln.

You can also check out the Travis County Clerk’s Twitter page @TravisCoClerk for updates on which locations are least crowded during early voting.

 

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