Matt Largey | KUT

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Matt Largey is the Projects Editor at KUT. He previously worked at WBUR in Boston. His work has appeared on many national radio shows. He's won numerous awards for his reporting, including a national Edward R. Murrow award in 2013. He’s originally from Maine, but has lived in Austin since 2006. While it might sound hard to believe, he thinks Maine and Texas are remarkably similar.

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KUT's Andrew Weber moderates a forum with (clockwise from top): Pooja Sethi, Robert Thomas, Belinda Greene, Bennett Easton and Alison Alter.
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KUT y el Austin Monitor realizaron una serie de foros en las últimas semanas con candidatos al Concejo Municipal de Austin. No todo el mundo puede ver un foro de una hora de duración, por eso, hemos elegido tres grandes preguntas de cada evento y estamos brindándote las respuestas de los candidatos aquí. 

KUT's Audrey McGlinchy (top left) moderates a candidate forum with (clockwise): Casey Ramos, Alex Strenger, David Chincanchan and Vanessa Fuentes.
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KUT y el Austin Monitor realizaron una serie de foros en las últimas semanas con los candidatos al Concejo de la Ciudad de Austin. No todo el mundo puede ver un foro de una hora de duración, por eso, hemos elegido tres grandes preguntas del evento y te compartimos la transcripción de las respuestas de los candidatos aquí. 

The Austin Monitor's Elizabeth Pagano moderates a forum with Leslie Pool (right) and Morgan Witt (bottom).
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KUT y el Austin Monitor realizaron una serie de foros en las últimas semanas con candidatos al Concejo Municipal de Austin. No todo el mundo puede ver un foro de una hora de duración, por eso, hemos elegido tres grandes preguntas de cada evento y estamos brindándote las respuestas de los candidatos aquí. 

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KUT y el Austin Monitor realizaron una serie de foros en las últimas semanas con candidatos al Concejo Municipal de Austin. No todo el mundo puede ver un foro de una hora de duración, por eso, hemos elegido tres grandes preguntas de cada evento y estamos brindándote las respuestas de los candidatos aquí. 

KUT's Audrey McGlinchy (top middle) moderates a candidate forum with (clockwise): Dee Harrison, Jimmy Flannigan, Mackenzie Kelly and Jennifer Mushtaler.
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KUT and the Austin Monitor held a series of forums over the past few weeks with candidates running for Austin City Council. Not everyone can watch an hour-long forum, though, so we picked three big questions from the event and are providing text of the candidates' answers here. 

There are four candidates running for the seat in District 6, which represents Northwest Austin: Dee Harrison, Jennifer Mushtaler, Mackenzie Kelly and Jimmy Flannigan (the incumbent).

KUT's Audrey McGlinchy (top left) moderates a candidate forum with (clockwise): Casey Ramos, Alex Strenger, David Chincanchan and Vanessa Fuentes.
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Lee esta historia en español. 

KUT and the Austin Monitor held a series of forums over the past few weeks with candidates running for Austin City Council. Not everyone can watch an hour-long forum, though, so we picked three big questions from the event and are providing text of the candidates' answers here. 

The Austin Monitor's Elizabeth Pagano moderates a forum with Leslie Pool (right) and Morgan Witt (bottom).
Screenshot via YouTube

Lee esta historia en español. 

KUT and the Austin Monitor held a series of forums over the past few weeks with candidates running for Austin City Council. Not everyone can watch an hour-long forum, though, so we picked three big questions from the event and are providing text of the candidates' answers here. 

KUT's Andrew Weber moderates a forum with (clockwise from top): Pooja Sethi, Robert Thomas, Belinda Greene, Bennett Easton and Alison Alter.
Screenshot via YouTube

Lee esta historia en español. 

KUT and the Austin Monitor held a series of forums over the past few weeks with candidates running for Austin City Council. Not everyone can watch an hour-long forum, though, so we picked three big questions from the event and are providing text of the candidates' answers here. 

Screenshot via YouTube

Lee esta historia en español. 

KUT and the Austin Monitor held a series of forums over the past few weeks with candidates running for Austin City Council. Not everyone can watch an hour-long forum, though, so we picked three big questions from each event and are providing text of the candidates' answers here. 

An electioneer talks to a voter outside Ben Hur Shrine during the primary election runoff in July.
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Parece que hay cierta confusión sobre los observadores electorales en esta temporada de campaña presidencial. Hay muchos llamados para que la gente se presente y se asegure de que no haya engaños en las urnas.

A voter enters a polling place at the North Austin YMCA on March 3, 2020.
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Hoy es el último día para registrarse para votar antes de las elecciones del 3 de noviembre en Texas. Esto es lo que necesitas saber para registrarte. 

¿Eres elegible para votar?

El Secretario de Estado de Texas, la autoridad electoral del estado, dice que puedes registrarte para votar en Texas si:

An electioneer talks to a voter outside Ben Hur Shrine during the primary election runoff in July.
Michael Minasi / KUT

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There seems to be some confusion about poll watching this election season. There are lots of calls for people to show up and make sure no shenanigans are happening at the ballot box.

Travis County residents vote at Joslin Elementary School in South Austin during the primary runoff elections on July 14.
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La pandemia ha forzado otro gran cambio en la vida normal este otoño: dónde se puede votar. Algunos lugares, como las tiend.as de comestibles, no funcionarán como lugares de votación durante las elecciones de noviembre. 

Travis County residents vote at Joslin Elementary School in South Austin during the primary runoff elections on July 14.
Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

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The pandemic has forced another big change in normal life this fall: where you can vote. Some locations — like grocery stores — aren't going to be used as voting sites for this November's election. 

Maria Esteva wrote about making new traditions, and the differences that keep people together, for our Common Ground project.
Michael Minasi / KUT

Maria Esteva left her native Argentina and settled in Austin with her son. She met her future husband — but there were challenges, especially when it came to the holidays.

Earlier this year, we asked for your personal stories of overcoming differences for our Common Ground project in partnership with the Austin Public Library and the Library Foundation.

Maria wrote about building new traditions with her partner and his family.

Courtesy of Susan Burneson

Age, class and politics can be big barriers to people seeing eye to eye. But Susan Burneson moved past those obstacles to form a friendship that began with genealogy.

Susan told her story for our Common Ground project, where we asked people to write about their experiences overcoming differences with others.

An empty city council dias with flags in the background.
Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

Five seats on the Austin City Council are up for election this November.

What do you want the candidates to be talking about as they try to earn your vote?

KUT's Jerry Quijano hosts "All Things Considered".
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Lee esta historia en español. 

More than two years ago, KUT started to keep track of the demographics of the sources we use on-air in our local news coverage. The goal is to see how we’re doing in our effort to reflect all of our community in the stories you hear. We’ve focused on gender, race/ethnicity and expertise.

We want to make sure we’re not overrepresenting any one group.

A woman wears a mask outside a polling place during the runoff elections on July 14.
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Nadie ha visto una elección como la de 2020 en mucho tiempo. 

Las primarias de este año fueron una especie de ensayo para las elecciones generales. Podemos esperar que muchas más personas voten en las elecciones del 3 de noviembre en Texas, y la gente que dirige las elecciones está haciendo planes para mantener a los votantes seguros durante la pandemia. 

A woman wears a mask outside a polling place during the runoff elections on July 14.
Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

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No one has seen an election like 2020's in a long time. 

This year's primaries were a kind of rehearsal for the general election. We can expect far more voters to cast ballots for the Nov. 3 election in Texas, and the people who run elections are making plans for how to keep voters safe during the pandemic. 

Laraine Kentridge Lasdon in her backyard.
Michael Minasi / KUT

Time can be the thing that pulls people apart. Especially now, it seems like it's easy to lose track of how long it has been since you called that friend of yours to check in. 

Laraine Kentridge Lasdon found that the pandemic helped her cross that divide. 

A woman with a black top stands in front of some trees in the background.
Michael Minasi / KUT

Chocolate can bring people together — as Ena Ganguly found when she stopped at a store in her hometown.

Earlier this year, we put out a call for your stories about overcoming differences — true stories about finding common ground.

A U.S. Postal Service worker delivers mail in Austin in March.
Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

Texas is among the states the U.S. Postal Service has warned about potential problems with delivering mail-in ballots this fall.

A pregnant woman in a navy blue dress stands in front of a picket fence, with one hand on her belly.
Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

There's something about working hard alongside someone else that brings us closer together. That's what Danielle Patterson discovered when she spent a day sweating in the sun with an unexpected partner. 

Earlier this year, we put out a call for your stories about overcoming differences — true stories about finding common ground.

A voter enters a polling place at the North Austin YMCA on March 3, 2020.
Julia Reihs / KUT

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Today is the last day to register to vote before the Nov. 3 election in Texas. Here’s what you need to know to register.

Zenobia Orimoloye outside her home.
Michael Minasi / KUT

Doing a small kindness for someone in need might seem like a simple thing, but it can leave an impression that lasts decades.

That's what happened for Zenobia Orimoloye in the early 1990s, shortly after she moved to Austin. 

Earlier this year, we put out a call for your stories about overcoming differences — true stories about finding common ground.

Residential mailboxes
Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

The Texas Supreme Court has ruled that "lack of immunity" to the coronavirus is not a disability under state law that would qualify someone for a mail-in ballot. In the same ruling, the court acknowledged that county election clerks have no duty to question or investigate the disability of voters who claim it.

But if you’re curious about how you would even go about voting by mail (or if you’re eligible), here’s how it works.

A woman in a red top and glasses smiles in front of a flower garden.
Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

Earlier this year, we put out a call for your stories about overcoming differences — true stories about finding common ground.

Working with the Austin Public Library and The Library Foundation, we collected the submissions and helped writers shape their stories into pieces to read for the radio.

Some people wear face coverings while exercising along the Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail in Austin.
Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

Nearly a month after face masks were mandated and bars closed, Austin’s COVID-19 situation appears to be plateauing. New cases are down over the past week or so. Hospital admissions have leveled off.

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