AUSTIN (KXAN) — As the second week of Early Voting starts, exactly 220,001 people in Travis County have already cast their ballots.
The first day of Early Voting started strong and broke records with 47,017 people voting. While the number steadily decreased throughout the week, people were still making it to the polls on Saturday and Sunday (22,161 and 10,733 respectively). Thirty-percent of the 728,806 registered voters in Travis County have voted.
The site that has seen the most voters? Ben Hur Shrine Center in central Austin with 14,893 total voters. In second place is the Randalls at South MoPac and William Cannon with 13,916 total voters.
To help alleviate some of the heavy traffic in North Austin, Travis County opened a pop up voting location. The GAMA Events Center is now open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Election workers spent Monday morning putting up signs and getting the machines ready for voters.
“The next couple of days will be critical,” Travis County Clerk Dana DeBeauvoir said. “We are watching voters and we’re still encouraging everybody please turn out early.” Travis county hopes to hit about 50,000 voters a day this week. On election day they anticipate that number to be more like 175,000.
In anticipation for a possible record turnout, Travis 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.
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.
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