Posted on November 2, 2012 at 6:28 AM
Friday, Nov 2 at 10:47 AM
AUSTIN -- Early voting in the November election will wrap up on Friday.
Nearly two dozen early polling locations are spread out across Austin for Travis County voters. Most polls will close at 7:00 p.m., but the Mega Center at Highland Mall in North Austin will remain open until 9:00 p.m.
Travis County is pushing to get more voters to the polls before Election Day next Tuesday.
"The best advice I can give to voters though is take advantage of early voting. You can go at the most convenient time for you," explained Travis County Clerk Dana Debeauvoir.
People started casting their ballot last Monday. Early voting has continued every day since then. The wait lines are typically smaller during early voting. Some who made it to the polls Thursday say the process took about 10 minutes.
The Travis County ballot is a long one with numerous candidates and a handful of propositions.
"Our voter’s guide has over 50 ballot races discussed in it, and the most important ones for people to pay attention to, in my opinion, are the judicial races and the State Board of Education," said Susan Morrison with the League of Women Voters of Texas.
Currently, statewide turnout is up, but in Travis County it’s taking a hit. As of Thursday, the Travis County Elections Office reported nearly 32 percent of registered voters had cast a ballot in the early election. At the same time in 2008, about 43 percent had voted. By the time polls closed to early voting in 2008, more than 49 percent had voted.