Listen: Voters Head to the Polls on Election Day
It's Election Day. Voters headed to the polls in record numbers in Travis County and across Texas.
To capture some of the Election Day catharsis, we decided to ask some voters about their experience, what issues were most important to them on the ballot and how they feel at the end of this long election cycle.
North Austin resident Bianca Reynolds cast her vote at the Austin Community College Highland Mall campus.
She said she voted with her 7-year-old daughter in mind, her top priorities being the education system and continued access to health insurance through the Affordable Care Act.
Tanner O'Brien and Marc Maddox
Tanner O’Brien voted early last week at Fiesta Mart on I-35, but he accompanied Marc Maddox to the polls at ACC Highland Mall on Election Day.
Both voted down-ballot for Democratic candidates.
Maddox doubts whether his vote will have any influence on the presidential race, and he said he’s more focused on “shifting the balance” by electing progressive candidates to local office.
North Austin resident Michael Reynolds doesn’t identify with any one political party.
He chose not to vote for a presidential candidate this election, saying he split his votes fairly evenly between Democratic, Republican and third party candidates.
Reynolds said he had no trouble casting his ballot at ACC Highland Mall and was in and out within five minutes.