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A voter pulls up to the drive-thru ballot drop-off location on Airport Boulevard.
Michael Minasi / KUT

If you have not mailed in your absentee ballot yet, you might want to consider an alternative to the U.S. Postal Service.

“It’s a little too late” to mail a ballot in with the hopes of it making it to election officials by Election Day, Grace Chimene with the League of Women Voters of Texas said.

Travis County residents wait in line to vote at the Austin Recreation Center on the first day of early voting.
Julia Reihs / KUT

More Travis County voters have cast a ballot so far during early voting than in all of the 2016 presidential election.

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Este año se cumple el 30 aniversario de la aprobación de la Ley Para los Americanos con Discapacidades, o ADA, en inglés, que prohibe la discriminación en lugares públicos y se supone que permita la participación plena de las personas con discapacidad.

Graduate student Ryan Natividad rides a Capital Metro bus from his apartment in Hyde Park to the UT Austin campus.
Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

As Austin’s population continues to grow, graduate student Ryan Natividad sees transportation as a key issue for the city’s future.

Campañas De Desinformación Vía WhatsApp Se Dirigen A Los Votantes Hispanos

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Falsas noticias políticas y teorías conspirativas se están difundiendo en plataformas populares de redes sociales frecuentemente utilizadas por la comunidad latina.

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La justicia social, el racismo y los crímenes de odio se han convertido en temas candentes en la campaña presidencial y en escenario del debate. Los votantes de El Paso, predominantemente latinos, están prestando atención. Conocen el horror y la angustia que causa un crimen de odio. En agosto, se cumplió un año desde que un tirador del norte de Texas viajó a la ciudad fronteriza y se puso a disparar dentro de un Walmart.

People wearing face coverings leave the Hays County Government Center building, an early voting site in Hays County.
Julia Reihs / KUT

Hays County is one of the fastest growing counties in the nation. And it’s a changing place: In 2018, the historically conservative county turned blue for the first time in decades. Voters came out in record numbers for Democrat Beto O’Rourke in the U.S. Senate race – although he lost – and elected Democrats for county judge and Texas House District 45. This election, Democrats are hoping to add to those wins.

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Texas voters are on pace to break records this year: The state already has surpassed 80% of its total 2016 vote total.

But while Texas is among those states leading the country this election cycle, it's long been notorious for low voter turnout – and rules that make it harder to vote here than in most other states. A recent University of Northern Illinois analysis ranked Texas dead last in terms of access to the ballot.

Stone Wang, an assistant band instructor, stands in his classroom at Walsh Middle School in Round Rock.
Julia Reihs / KUT

Stone Wang knew his first year as a teacher would be difficult, but he never could have predicted the added challenge of teaching during a pandemic. 

Marlon Duran and his mom decided to vote early because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Rio Grande Valley has been hit hard; more than 3,000 people have died.

Duran and his mom walk out their front door to a car that’s parked outside.

“It was nice of your friend to lend you her car,” he said to his mom.

Their car wasn’t working earlier in the week, but they were still determined to get to the polls.

A few minutes later they arrive at a polling station in McAllen. They grab their masks and quickly make their way inside to cast their ballots.

Jereka Thomas-Hockaday is a co-founder of the Central Texas Allied Health Institute.
Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

As a health care educator, practitioner and co-founder of the Central Texas Allied Health Institute, Jereka Thomas-Hockaday has had a vested interest in the public health of East Austin’s underserved communities of color during the coronavirus pandemic. 

People line up to vote at the South Austin Recreation Center on the first day of early voting in Texas.
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About half a million Texans under 30 have voted so far, according to new data from Tufts University.

Travis County residents vote at Austin Central Library during early voting.
Julia Reihs / KUT

The top of the ballot may hold a lot of the draw this election season, but in Travis County, there are a handful of top county offices up for grabs. Sure, not all of those races are competitive. Some, in fact, are already decided – and others, at least as far as conventional wisdom would tell you, are more or less decided in deeply Democratic Travis County.

Here's a look at some of the races – competitive and otherwise – that Travis County voters will decide on this election.

Laura Alcorta strives to be a role model for younger generations of women, especially her 6-year-old granddaughter, Mia.
Julia Reihs / KUT

Throughout her lifetime, Laura Alcorta, a retired educator, has witnessed a shift toward gender equality in the United States. She’s seen women make strides in the workplace and abortion rights gain more protections. Now, in the 2020 election season, she’s worried some of this progress will be erased.

Urban Betty owner Chelle Neff plans to close both salon locations on Election Day to give her staff time to vote. "It's more important now than ever," she says.
Gabriel C. Pérez / KUT

Leading up to Election Day, KUT is showcasing different perspectives from Central Texas voters.

For Chelle Neff, owner of Urban Betty hair salon in Austin, the coronavirus pandemic is the scariest experience her business has faced in its 16 years of operation.

Voters in line on the first day of early voting in Texas at Southpark Meadows shopping center in South Austin.
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In normal times, the first day of early voting is usually the busiest day of in-person voting ahead of Election Day.

But these are not normal times.

The Williamson County Courthouse in Georgetown
Michael Minasi / KUT

Early voting began Tuesday in Texas and already 21% of Williamson County’s registered voters have cast a ballot.

Travis County residents line up to vote at the Southpark Meadows shopping center on the first day of early voting.
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About 11% of registered voters in Travis County voted by the first two days of early voting in Texas.

That’s more than 95,000 mail-in and in-person ballots cast, which is thousands more than what had been cast at this point during the 2016 presidential election.

Early voting runs until Oct. 30 in Texas.
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If you live in Lee County, here are the races that could appear on your ballot in the 2020 general election. Residents of other counties can find their voter guides here.

Voting buttons and pens.
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If you live in Caldwell County, here are the races that could appear on your ballot in the 2020 general election. Residents of other counties can find their voter guides here.

Central Texans wait in line to vote Oct. 13.
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If you live in Burnet County, here are the races that could appear on your ballot in the 2020 general election. Residents of other counties can find their voter guides here.

Voters Have Two Very Different Choices For Texas' Next Oil And Gas Regulator

Oct 14, 2020
Republican Jim Wright is competing with Democrat Chrysta Castaneda for a seat on the Texas Railroad Commission
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Texas voters have the opportunity to choose the next state oil and gas regulator – and the two candidates in the race would have very different approaches to that role.

Voters line up outside a polling center at the Southpark Meadows shopping center on the first day of early voting in the 2020 general election.
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First things first: Most votes don't get counted until Election Day. To be even more clear, those votes aren’t counted until the polls close that evening.

Voting sign.
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If you live in Bastrop County, here are the races that could appear on your ballot in the 2020 general election. Residents of other counties can find their voter guides here.

Voters wait in line at the Northwest Recreation Center in Austin to cast ballots Tuesday, the first day of early voting.
Julia Reihs / KUT

It's the first day for early voting in Texas for the 2020 general election. Voters can cast ballots in person today through Oct. 30. Election Day is Nov. 3.

Austin voters wear masks during the primary runoff elections in July.
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Early voting in the 2020 general election begins Tuesday. The coronavirus pandemic has led to some changes to the voting process, but many of the basics remain the same.

Voters deliver their mail-in ballots in Travis County.
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Texas voters head to the polls this month to cast their vote for U.S. president and many other federal, state and local leaders.

Early voting runs until Oct. 30 in Texas.
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Hays County has about 150,000 registered voters who could participate in the 2020 general election. In addition to voting on the next president, Hays County voters have the chance to decide on a number of state and local races.

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 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. 

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