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Early voting continues

Tuesday, November 1, 2016 by Nora Ankrum

Early voting in Travis County for the Nov. 8 election has calmed down a bit after last week’s overwhelming display of civic participation; nonetheless, according to data from the county clerk’s office, this year’s showing continues to outpace the 2012 election. On Halloween, 25,404 voters cast their ballots (including people who voted at early and mobile voting locations as well as those who cast mail-in and limited ballots), or 3.49 percent of the county’s registered voters. By contrast, 19,981 voted on that day in 2012, or 3.15 percent of registered voters. The weekend showed a comparatively strong showing as well, with nearly as many voters casting ballots on Saturday (22,161) as during the entire weekend in 2012 (22,893). Another 10,773 people voted on Sunday. All in all, after eight days of early voting, about one-fifth (21.6 percent) of the county’s voters had cast their ballots in 2012. This time around, one in three voters (33.67 percent) has already been to the polls. With four days of early voting to go, there’s still plenty of time for people to earn their “I voted” stickers. Information on early voting locations is available here, along with sample ballots and other useful info.

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