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Amid Low Voter Turnout Overall, More Republicans Expected to Vote

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Veronica Zaragovia/KUT
Because of low voter turnout, few people came through the doors of the Austin Public Library's Carver Branch on May 27, 2014.

Texas voters are deciding today who will be on the ballot in some high-profile elections in November. But few voters turn out in primary runoffs like this one.

Travis County Clerk Dana DeBeauvoir says she estimates a 6 or 7 percent turnout today.

"It looks like by the time the day’s over, that the Republicans will probably have a little more of a turnout," DeBeauvoir said. "They seem to have a little more interesting set of races on their side."

The sound of the automatic doors opening and closing wasn't frequent today at the Carver Branch of the Austin Public Library. But George Brown did show up to open those doors.

"I came out today because it’s a responsibility as a citizen and right that’s been paid for in blood by other citizens, and I feel that it would be a travesty if I didn’t vote," Brown says.

Most polling places are open until 7 p.m. Travis County voters – with a photo ID – can cast their ballot at any location with a "vote here" sign.

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