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Early Voting Totals: That’s a Wrap

Turnout continued to climb on the final day of early voting for the Austin city elections, although overall turnout never managed to surpass that of Austin’s last mayoral election.

Early voting returns for Tuesday, April 8, showed 6,094 ballots cast in Travis County. (That doesn't include precincts in Williamson County that vote in the Austin elections.) That brought early voting totals to 23,257 ballots – or 4.87 percent of registered voters.

In the image above, you can see how overall early voting in Travis County compares to Austin’s last two general city elections.

This year’s turnout bested 2011’s non-mayoral contest, which drew 3.52 percent of registered voters. Still, it’s below early voting numbers in 2009’s mayoral contest – 31,101 votes, or 5.91 percent of registered voters. (You can click on the image to enter a gallery, where KUT News has also plotted day-by-day comparisons between the three elections.

Missed your chance to vote early? Election Day is this Saturday, May 12. Polls open at 7 a.m. and close twelve hours later at 7 p.m. You can find a list of polling places in Travis County here.

Wells has been a part of KUT News since 2012, when he was hired as the station's first online reporter. He's currently the social media host and producer for Texas Standard, KUT's flagship news program. In between those gigs, he served as online editor for KUT, covering news in Austin, Central Texas and beyond.
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