Lines may be moving, but some voters still undecided

Students waiting in line to vote on Election Day near the University of Texas at Austin campus (KXAN Photo/ Kate Weidaw)
Students waiting in line to vote on Election Day near the University of Texas at Austin campus (KXAN Photo/ Kate Weidaw)

AUSTIN (KXAN) – The lines at some polling locations can look daunting, but for the most part they’re moving quickly. What’s troubling some is that they’re still undecided as they wait in line.

As of 5 pm, Travis County reported that about 79,500 voters had cast a ballot.  Among those waiting in line this morning were students from the University of Texas at Austin. There was a steady line moving in front of the Co-Op in west campus.

One student in line admitted he’s still undecided. “I can’t bring myself in good conscious vote for either major party candidate,” said UT sophomore Saurabh Sharma. “The way I view voting is a direct endorsement of that candidate’s policies and character, and if I can’t do that, if I wouldn’t be willing to campaign for a person, I can’t vote for them.”

Juan Benitez was in line, but he can’t vote. “I’m undocumented so I’m not fortunate enough to vote, but my way of voting is waiting here in line with my friend,” said Benitez “I feel like I’m kind of part of the process in a way until one day hopefully I can vote.” His friend Nicholas Brading wasn’t going to show up, because he thought the line would be too long, but changed his mind after Benitez convinced him.

Another student who could relate is Sam Cervantes. Since he can’t vote he tried to get some donations by giving out hotdogs to help refugee services. “This is my way of giving back to the community who has fostered and helped me become a good individual,” said Cervantes.

Over at the UT Flawn Academic Center the line wrapped around the building at one point.  Students said they waited for more than an hour to vote.  Some barely making it right before the polls closed. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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