Travis County Voter Guide: What you need to know to vote today
It's Election Day! Voters in Travis County are deciding on funding for parks and transportation this year, in addition to 14 amendments to the state Constitution.
Here's what you need to know to vote in Travis County.
Am I registered to vote?
You can verify your voter registration in Travis County using the Texas Secretary of State's My Voter Portal. The deadline to register for this election has passed.
When and where can I vote?
Polling locations are open today from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The Travis County Elections website has live wait times available, so you can plan your trip accordingly.
Review the full list of polling locations.
IDs are needed to vote
Everyone who votes will need photo identification. Here is the list of accepted forms of ID:
- Texas driver's license
- Texas election identification certificate
- Texas personal identification card
- Texas handgun license
- U.S. military identification card that includes the person’s photograph
- U.S. citizenship certificate that includes the person’s photograph
- U.S. passport
Voters' IDs should be up to date, but they can be expired for up to four years. Voters 70 or older can bring a photo ID that has been expired for any length of time.
If you had trouble getting an ID ahead of this election and don’t have one, here are the accepted alternatives:
- government document showing your name and an address, such as your voter registration certificate
- current utility bill
- bank statement
- government check
- certified domestic birth certificate or court admissible birth document
All of these documents can be either a copy or the original. If you use one of these, you’ll have to sign a form that says you had a reasonable impediment to getting an ID.
What if I want to vote by mail?
In Travis County, the deadline to apply to vote by mail was Oct. 27.
Registered voters in Texas can vote by mail if they:
- will be away from their county on Election Day and during early voting;
- are sick or disabled;
- are 65 or older on Election Day;
- are confined in jail, but eligible to vote; or
- are expecting to give birth within three weeks before or after Election Day.
Use blue or black ink when filling out the application and ballot, and make sure the county receives your ballot before Election Day. You can also hand deliver your mail-in ballot to the county elections office. You will need to show an ID if you go in person.
The Austin-area League of Women Voters put together a guide of additional tips for filling out your application to vote by mail and the overall process.
What's on my ballot?
Texans across the state will have the opportunity to decide whether 14 constitutional amendments proposed by state lawmakers pass or fail. Voters in Travis County will also be able to weigh in on a hefty bond package, mayoral races and school contests.
Review the full sample ballot on the Travis County website.
Largest Travis County bond package yet
- Proposition A could fund over $233 million for Travis County roads. It would be used for improvements, constrictions and land acquisition for roads, bike lanes, sidewalks and bridges.
- Proposition B could fund $276 million to improve county parks and purchase land to build future parks.
Travis County is looking to buy land as prices continue to soar, KUT's Nathan Bernier reports. The package was developed in collaboration with volunteers on the Citizens Bond Advisory Committee (CBAC), which narrowed down the list over the last few months.
Some of the road projects include:
- Widening Cameron Road from Pecan Street to Fuchs Grove Road.
- Adding a shared-use path for pedestrians and bicyclists on the south side of Howard Lane from McNeil Drive to McNeil-Merriltown Road
- Expanding Turnersville Road from a two-lane undivided road to a four-lane divided road
Some of the park projects being considered include:
- The Gilleland Creek Greenway project, which would build trails and amenities from Northeast Metro Park to Ben E. Fisher Park
- Adding synthetic turf on four soccer fields and four baseball fields at Southeast Metro Park and building a new maintenance facility
- Completing the Bee Creek Sports Complex by adding additional fields and a pavilion
The cities of Jonestown and Lago Vista are looking to elect new mayors and multiple city council members.
- Paul Johnson
- City Council, Place 1
- Eric Davis
- Jordan Koncak
- City Council, Place 2
- Tom Buckle
- Kevin Sullivan
- Jim Peck
- Edward (Ed) Tidwell
- City Council, Place 1
- Shane R. Saum
- Arch Davila
- City Council, Place 3
- Rob Durbin
- Dick Weatherly
- City Council, Place 5
- Paul Roberts
There are three propositions for Manor residents to decide on.
- Proposition A could fund $15 million in economic development projects.
- Proposition B could fund more than $61 million for parks, trails and a new recreation center.
- Proposition C could fund more than $90 million for a new city hall and public library facility.
Residents in Pflugerville will consider raising City Council and mayor compensation and will look to remove the executive assistant position from the City Council.
Pflugerville and Lago Vista ISD are considering tax rate raises. Lake Travis ISD is looking to pass a school bond for over $143 million for new athletic facilities and improvements to existing facilities.