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Early voting up across Texas
Travis County is not the only place in the state where early voting is on a pace to break some records. The Texas Secretary of State’s office reports that the first few days of early voting in many of the state’s larger counties has already surpassed the entire voter turnout from the 2010 midterm elections. Austinites continue to hit the early polls, with another 9,805 ballots cast Thursday. That puts the four-day total at 46,843, or 7.21 percent of Travis County registered voters. That puts Austin on track to have between 20 and 23 percent of registered voters cast ballots before the Nov. 4 Election Day. Early voting remained fairly heavy in west, central and southwest parts of town Thursday, with turnout relatively light in the east and southeast parts of the city. Early voting runs through Oct. 31. For more information and a list of polling places, go to the Travis County Elections website.
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