Travis County program allows voting at any location

Travis County program allows voting at any location

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Travis County started a new vote center program that will allow voters to cast a ballot at any polling location within the county.

Travis County early voting numbers are lower than usual. Since Oct. 22, more than 237,000 voters or 37 percent of registered voters cast their ballots. The majority of them showed up on Nov. 2, the last day of early voting.

"Travis County is lagging a little bit behind other counties," said Travis County Clerk Dana Debeauvoir.

In Williamson County 41 percent of registered voters came out to the polls before Election Day.

Travis County is also behind compared to the numbers the 2008 presidential election brought in, which 49 percent of voters cast their ballots early.

Still Debeauvoir says there is a chance Tuesday Nov. 6 will make up the difference.

"We do think we are going to have a very good turnout on Election Day," said Debeauvoir.

For the first time, Travis County is doing away with assigned precincts. Tuesday starting at 7 a.m. voters can go to any of the 207 polling locations which will remain open until 7 p.m.

The County Clerk's Office will also use social media to inform voters of line volumes at polling locations. The goal is to keep the wait under 30 minutes.

"We will try to give the public information about where not to pile on one particular place or set of place and we'll be doing that all throughout the day," said Debeauvoir.

She also says bringing the right documents, such as your voter registration card or valid ID, passport, birth certificate, or even a utility bill will speed up the lines. If you are registered to vote but don't have a valid ID, you can call 238-VOTE for help.

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