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Texas county breaks record with 97% of eligible voters registered

Texas Primary
Posted at 11:04 AM, Oct 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-14 13:04:33-04

TRAVIS COUNTY, Texas – The county where Austin, Texas, is located has set a new voter registration record.

About 97% of eligible voters in Travis County are now registered to vote, according to Voter Registrar Bruce Elfant.

In a Facebook post, Elfant said Monday that the milestone has been achieved in large part by the county’s dedicated and hard-working civic engagement army of several thousand volunteer deputy registrars.

The announcement came one day before Texas began its early voting for the general election on Tuesday.

Travis County Clerk Dana DeBeauvoir wrote on Twitter that a total of 35,873 people voted early in person Tuesday.

Statewide, a record 16.9 million Texans are registered to vote for the Nov. 3 election, USA Today reported Tuesday, citing data from the state’s secretary of state’s office. That’s up by about 1.8 million registered voters since the 2016 presidential election.

This increase in Texas voters comes as Gov. Greg Abbot limits each of the state’s counties to just one absentee ballot drop-off location. A federal appeals court upheld the decision Monday, after it was challenged and called a voter suppression tactic by some.

Key Dates and Deadlines

Fri, Oct. 9: First Ballots Mailed Out to Colorado Voters; Ballot Drop-Offs Open

Mon, Oct. 12: Last Day to Register to Vote Via Registration Drive

Mon, Oct. 19: Some Voter Polling & Service Centers Open (See County Clerk's Office for locations)

Mon, Oct. 26: Last Day to Register to Vote and Receive a Mailed Ballot

Fri. Oct. 30: Additional Voter Polling & Service Centers Open (See County Clerk's Office for locations)

Tues, Nov. 3: Election Day - Ballots Due by 7:00 p.m.

Thu, Nov. 12: Military/Overseas Ballot Due Delivered by Date

Fri, Nov. 13: Deadline for Counties to Tabulate All Ballots

Thu, Dec. 3: Last Day for Counties to Report Results

Thu, Dec. 10: Last Day to Complete a Recount