Live Election Day updates from Austin: What you need to know about voting, turnout, lines at polls – Austin American-Statesman

It’s Election Day in Texas. Austin residents who haven’t cast an early or absentee ballot are heading to the polls to cast their votes. 
Follow the Statesman’s all-day coverage on Election Day below. 
After the polls close at 7 p.m. stay tuned here for updates or find live results for Austin and Texas on our election results page.
Texas voters support adding all eight proposed amendments to the Texas Constitution, according to early returns Tuesday night — with the strongest support going toward a measure to preserve access to loved ones in nursing homes.
Proposition 6 was inspired by tragic stories of nursing home and long-term care residents who were cut off from loved ones as facilities struggled to limit COVID-19, a rapidly spreading disease that was particularly deadly to older people.
With 17% of statewide polling locations reporting, Proposition 6 was favored by 87% of voters.
A second measure inspired by responses to the pandemic — Proposition 3, barring governments from prohibiting or limiting religious gatherings — was supported by 61% of voters.
— Chuck Lindell
Early voting totals in the fast-growing Leander school district showed mixed results for three bond propositions to fund new schools, renovations, and technology and fine arts upgrades.
In Travis County, early voters narrowly opposed the bond proposals, totaling $772.2 million, but in Williamson County, early votes were more favorable to the propositions.
The 40,000-student district straddles the two counties.
In the 12,000-student Georgetown district, meanwhile, early voters backed bond propositions to fund new schools and technology, but rejected bonds to support performing arts, swimming and tennis activities.
Leander officials have said the bonds would not affect the district’s property tax rate. In Georgetown, property taxe likely would increase.
— María Méndez
Early voting results favor two West Lake Hills infrastructure bonds and a third measure that would establish a roads and maintenance fund from the city’s sales tax revenue.
Prop A, which would pay for an upgraded municipal complex to house City Hall and the Police Department and cost the city up to $13.2 million, is ahead with 65.4% of the vote in favor in early voting.
Prop B, which would address road and drainage improvement projects and will cost the city up to $11.8 million, is ahead with 75.9% of the vote in favor in early voting.
Proposition C, which would take the half of 1% of sales tax revenue that goes toward reducing property taxes and put that money to a dedicated street maintenance fund, is ahead by 70.1% of the vote in early voting.
Unofficial early vote counts also show Rollingwood City Council candidates Alec Robinson leading the field with 24.5% of early votes. The next two candidates are Brook Brown with 22.9% of early votes and Phil McDuffee with 22.2%. Three of the six candidates running will win seats on the council. Incumbent Amy Pattillo trails with 13.3% of the early vote followed by Chris Braden and Emily Doran, each with less than 10%.
— Sarah Asch
Unofficial results showed Jake French  leading against Chere Heintzmann in the Georgetown City Council race. French received 55.2% of the vote while Heintzmann got 44.8%. French, 34, is a construction project manager. Heintzmann, 66, is a business consultant. They are running for the seat left empty after Rachael Jonrowe resigned in the summer. The winner will fill the rest of Jonrowe’s three-year term, which started in January.  
— Claire Osborn
Kimberly Holiday and Jim McDonald were leading in their races for two seats on the Pflugerville City Council, according to unofficial voting results from Travis County and Williamson counties. McDonald received 53.1%  of the votes while incumbent Mike Heath had 46.9% for the Place 5 seat. In the Place 3 race, Holiday got 51.2% of the unofficial voting results while Bradley Hickman earned 40.9%. Adline Brewer finished third at 7.9%. 
Pflugerville voters were against becoming part of Emergency Services District No. 17 and paying a tax for it, according to the unofficial results from Travis and Williamson counties.   
Those returns showed 61.5% of the voters did not support becoming part of the district while 38.5% voted in favor of it. The returns also showed 64.4% of voters were against paying a tax to join the district while 35.6% of voters supported it.  Emergency Services District No. 17 is proposing providing ambulance service for the city and its extraterritorial jurisdiction. After just the early voting was counted, most voters had approved of joining the ESD. 
Voters also supported all the city charter amendments on the ballot, according to unofficial voting results. 
— Claire Osborn
After early voting results were released in Travis and Williamson counties, Austin’s Prop A police staffing plan looked like it could be headed for a resounding defeat Tuesday.
Combining Travis and Williamson counties, 66% of voters who cast ballots early voted against Prop A, with 34% voting yes.
In Travis, 67% of the more than 85,000 Austin early voters were against Prop A. In Williamson County, 50.8% of more than 1,900 early voters opposed it.
Results from Hays County, which contains a small sliver of Austin, were not immediately available.
— Ryan Autullo
More than 101,000 people had voted early in person and with mail-in ballots in Travis County, election officials said.
According to complete but unofficial results for the Nov. 2 general and special election, 101,295 ballots have been cast. This total combines 6,052 mail-in ballots and 95,243 ballots cast during the early voting period.
The Travis County clerk’s office said the county had 849,679 registered voters for this election.
— Roberto Villalpando
As of 5:45 p.m. Tuesday, more than 67,000 people had voted in Travis County, officials said.
“Over 67,000 people have voted in person today,” Travis County Clerk Dana DeBeauvoir tweeted earlier in the day. “The polls close in less than 90 minutes.”
Travis County residents can check the status of polling places at an online wait time map at VoteTravis.com before heading out, she said.
“The wait time map has a lot of green with some yellow and red,” DeBeauvoir tweeted. Anyone in line by 7 p.m. is able to vote.
Among the places with high wait times are the Pflugerville school district Rock Gym on Pecan Street and the polling place in the Southpark Meadows shopping center near Interstate 35 and Slaughter Lane in South Austin.
— Roberto Villalpando
As of 3 p.m. Tuesday, 47,000 people had voted in Travis County, officials said.
“It’s now a little after 2 p.m. and over 40,000 people have voted today in person,” Travis County Clerk Dana DeBeauvoir tweeted earlier in the day. “The polls close at 7 p.m.”
Travis County residents can check the status of polling places at an online wait time map at VoteTravis.com before heading out, she said.
It’s now a little after 2pm and over 40,000 people have voted today in person. The polls close at 7pm. Check the wait time map at https://t.co/StJCcmUUcR before heading to the polls. https://t.co/6nfOpz3nzk
As of 11 a.m. Tuesday, about 19,000 people had voted in Travis County and about thousand more were likely in the next hour, said County Clerk Dana DeBeauvoir.
She said there have not been any issues reported at the polls as of this morning.
“It’s always typical to have a low turnout in off-year elections. A good turnout for Travis County is 25 to 30% (of voter turnout),” DeBeauvoir said.
— Natalia Contreras
12% of registered voters headed to the polls early and voted by mail, Travis County Clerk Dana DeBeauvoir said. As of 11 am Tuesday about 19,000 people had voted she said. *she got info an additional 1,000 voters after I got this video. pic.twitter.com/gXX2EOysDg
As of 3 p.m., there were no lines or long wait times at the majority of Travis County polling locations. 
One location showing a 20- to 50-minute wait time was the Disability Rights Texas office, according to the Travis County Elections website. 
— Natalia Contreras
So far, with the end of early voting on Friday, data indicated a relatively low percentage of registered voters were turning out in Travis County. Election Day results for early voting will be released after 7 p.m. Tuesday.
Only 11.84% of eligible registered voters in the county had cast their ballots early in person and by mail, according to the latest data collected by the Travis County clerk’s office Friday.  
As of Friday, as many as 5,367 main-in ballots were received by the Travis County clerk’s office. It’s too late to request a mail-in ballot, but those who already have ballots should drop off and hand-deliver them on Election Day.
— Natalia Contreras
In Travis County, ballots can only be dropped off from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Election Day. at the county elections office at 5501 Airport Blvd.
To drop off their ballot, voters must show a valid state ID and sign a roster while hand-delivering the ballot. Only the voter will be allowed to hand-deliver and drop off their ballot; no one else will be allowed to do it on the voter’s behalf, Kyle Rush, a Travis County elections coordinator, told the American-Statesman.
— Natalia Contreras
Are you ready to cast your ballot?
Tuesday’s vote comes a year after the 2020 presidential election, which saw record-breaking turnout in some locations amid a raging coronavirus pandemic.
But this November, the lines might be shorter and the threat of the virus has eased some after 10 months of vaccinations.
Polling locations in Texas will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
In Travis County, there will be 140 polling locations available for voters. 
Texas does not allow same-day voter registration. You have to fill out a voter registration application at least 30 days before a Texas election to be able to vote in it. For the Nov. 2 election, the last day to register was Oct. 4.
You can check to see whether your registration is current by visiting Texas Secretary of State’s online tool.
More: Here are four things to watch this Election Day in Austin and surrounding counties
To vote in Texas, you have to present a valid photo ID. Here’s what counts:
• Texas driver license issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety,
• Texas election identification certificate issued by DPS,
• Texas personal identification card issued by DPS,
• Texas handgun license issued by DPS,
• U.S. military identification card, containing the person’s photograph,
• U.S. citizenship certificate, containing the person’s photograph, or
• U.S. passport (book or card).
If you don’t have an acceptable photo ID and cannot reasonably obtain one, you can bring a supporting form of ID and fill out a Reasonable Impediment Declaration. Here is the list of accepted supporting forms of ID:
• Copy of or an original government document that shows the voter’s name and an address, including the voter’s voter registration certificate;
• Copy of or an original current utility bill;
• Copy of or an original bank statement;
• Copy of or an original government check;
• Copy of or an original paycheck; or 
• Copy of or an original (a) certified domestic (from a U.S. state or territory) birth certificate or (b) document confirming birth admissible in a court of law that establishes the voter’s identity (which may include a foreign birth document).
More: This Election Day Texas voters will decide on 8 amendments to state’s constitution. Here’s what they are.
Williamson County voters can vote in numerous cities, including Austin, Cedar Park, Georgetown, Hutto, Leander and Round Rock. A full list of locations can be found on the county website, along with a sample ballot.
Hays County voters can vote at any polling center in the county. A full list is available on the county website. You can also find sample ballots there.
These are the five election day polling locations in Bastrop County:
• Calvary Baptist Church
• River Valley Christian Fellowship
• Smithville City Hall
• Cedar Creek United Methodist
• Elgin Public Library
Addresses can be found on the official county website, along with sample ballots.
Polling locations across Caldwell County include Dale, Lockhart and Martindale. A full list of locations can be found on the county website, where you can also find sample ballots.

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