Travis County working against the clock for Election Day prep

Travis County Elections making last minute preparations before Election Day. (KXAN Photo/Leslie Rangel)
Travis County Elections making last minute preparations before Election Day. (KXAN Photo/Leslie Rangel)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — As the final countdown is underway for Election Day 2016, the Travis County Clerk’s office is busy making last minute preparations to ensure things run smoothly on Tuesday.

Monday, the last training for poll workers was held around midday and paperwork filing continued to make sure all polling places are ready to go.

“This is all our last minute efforts to make sure that all of our election judges in the field have all of the paperwork and supplies that they need to be able to conduct voting in our vote centers,” Dana DeBeauvoir, the Travis County clerk said. “Things like affidavits or supply forms or signup sheets, all of the different forms that you see in the vote center, you’re going to see a supply box loaded up with those forms and sent out to judges so it’s ready for them.”

At the county level she says they’ve been working around the clock for weeks, all leading up to the big day. “We think it’s going to be a record-breaking day. I do anticipate a very big turnout for Election Day,” DeBeauvoir said. “We will work until the very last minute until we’ve got every single one of the election workers taken care of.”

Travis County early voting numbers showed more than half of registered voters went to the polls. This year is similar to what happened in 2008, when there was no incumbent running for re-election. In 2012, when President Obama was running for re-election, early votes fell, but nearly a quarter of voters did step up on election day. This year remains to be seen; However, here in Travis County they’re gearing up for record numbers.

Election 2008    Early Voting – 302,426 (49.64%)
Election Day – 100,406 (16.48%)
Election 2012    Early Voting – 239,619 (37.72%)
Election Day – 152,089 (23.94%)
Election 2016    Early Voting – 372,188 (51.07%)

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