It's Election Day. Here's What You Need to Know to Vote in Central Texas.

Nov 7, 2016

More than 50 percent of registered voters in both Travis and Williamson counties have already cast ballots during early voting. If you weren't among them, now is your chance to make your voice heard.

Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday. 

Before you head out, here are a few things you might want to do.

Know What You're Voting On

Bone up on the candidates with this Voter's Guide from the non-partisan League of Women Voters. You can also check out our coverage of local races, including City Council races and the $720 million transportation bond on the ballot in Austin.

We've also got stories on the Sheriff and District Attorney races in Travis County. And coverage of the Austin ISD board races.

Check out all of our election coverage here.

Feeling informed? OK, on to the next thing.

Make Sure You're Registered
You can go here to check if you are indeed registered properly in Travis County. Check out this site to verify your registration anywhere in the state.

Find Your Closest Voting Location
Consult the handy map below to find the closest or most convenient polling place in Travis County. If you're registered to vote in Travis, you can vote at any location on Election Day.

Voting locations for Williamson County are here. A map of Hays County early voting locations is here.

Check Out Wait Times (in Travis County)
Travis County has developed this handy way of checking to see which polling places are the busiest and how long your wait it likely to be there. Go here to see those wait times (green=less than 30 minutes, yellow=30 to 60 minutes, red=longer than 60 minutes).

Remember, Travis and Williamson County voters can vote at ANY polling place in their home county, so if the wait is long at your closest one, it might be worth finding one that isn't as busy.

Bring ID (if you have it)
If you have a photo ID that is current or expired up to four years, bring that ID to the polls.

If you had trouble getting an ID or just don’t have one, you have some options:

  • You can bring your voter registration card and use that as your form of identification.
  • If you don’t have your registration card, you can bring any kind of official document – that’s anything that has your name and address on it—like a bank statement, utility bill, paycheck stub or a birth certificate. While you are at the voting location, all you’ll have to do is a sign a form that says you had trouble getting an ID.

If you have trouble at a polling place due to voter ID, the American Civil Liberties Union has set up a voter protection hotline with information and election lawyers available at 877-523-2792.

And this Election Day, we’re teaming up with ProPublica, a non-profit investigative news organization to collect the stories of voters and keep an eye out for problems. So, if you’ve voted or plan to vote in Texas, we want to hear your story.

Tell us about your voting experience by signing up for Electionland, which is tracking voting problems across Texas and the rest of the country. You can sign up by texting TXDECIDES to 69866.

We may follow up to learn more about your experience at the ballot box and whether you encountered any issues.

You can also share what you’re seeing at the polls by tweeting to @KUT with the hashtag #TXDecides

Find Out What Happened
We've got a couple ways for you to find out how things turn out this Election Day:

  • Full coverage on KUT 90.5 FM starts at 4 p.m. with All Things Considered. At 7 p.m., we'll bring you special election coverage from NPR and KUT News. Our coverage will last into the night until Morning Edition picks it up on Wednesday morning.
  • We'll be posting results and analysis on a series of live blogs here at KUT.org
  • Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for real-time results