Texans flocked to the polls Monday, the first day of early voting in this cycle, More people voted in Travis County on the first day of early voting than in the same time period exceeding first-day turnout (and mail-in voting) in the 2016 presidential election and tripling the number from 2014’s midterm election, the Austin American-Statesman reported Tuesday.
The Travis County website was down briefly Tuesday morning, and the continues to struggle to get all its new registrants in the system.
Despite delays, long lines at several polling stations were greeted primarily with glee over increased early voting participation, if Facebook and Twitter were any indication.
Happiness and joy about democratic voter participation aside, however, those who have yet to vote might be pleased to know that the county website has a function that allows you to look up your approximate wait in more or less real time. Easy peasy.
You can see a map of all the county poll stations and wait times indicated by a stoplight system (red/green/blue) on the site, type in your address (or just zoom in to your desired voting area), and get an idea of how crowded the centers in that area are.
Alternately, if put in an address on its quick-links page, you’ll get a smaller list of nearby stations with a more precise estimate of waiting times (by hour and minute). (That page provides links to other voter information as well).
Remember that if you are registered in Travis County, you can vote at any official voting center (look for a “Vote Here/Aqui” sign).