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Travis County early voting: Here’s where you can cast your ballot

Kelsey Bradshaw and Gabrielle Munoz,
Early voting for the Nov. 3 election runs Oct.13-30.

Texas, it's time to vote.

Early voting for the Nov. 3 election starts Tuesday and runs through Oct. 30. Polls will be open Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Sundays from noon to 6 p.m.

Not sure where to vote? Check the map of Travis County voting locations below and find your nearest polling place.

Before you head to the polls: Don't forget to visit the American-Statesman's Voters Guide for complete elections coverage, including questionnaire responses from candidates in their own words, endorsements from the Statesman Editorial Board and more.

Here’s what you need to know before heading to the polls today:

Make sure you’re registered.

Before heading out the door, log on to Travis County’s elections web page to be sure you’re registered to vote in the county. You can also check your voting status by calling the Tax Assessor-Collector’s office at 512-854-9473.

Voters must be registered to vote 30 days before an election, county officials said.

Bring a form of photo ID.

All voters must bring one of seven approved forms of photo IDs or some kind of supporting documentation.

Approved forms of ID include:

– Texas Driver License issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety

– Texas Election Identification Certificate issued by DPS

– Texas Personal Identification Card issued by DPS

– Texas License to Carry a Handgun issued by DPS

– U.S. Military ID Card containing person’s photograph

– U.S. Citizenship Certificate containing person’s photograph

– U.S. Passport

If you don’t have an approved form of photo ID you must sign a declaration at the polls explaining why you were unable to obtain an approved photo ID and you must provide one of the following forms of supporting documentation:

– Valid voter registration certificate

– Certified, original birth certificate

– Copy of or original current utility bill

– Copy of or original bank statement

– Copy of or original government check

– Copy of or original paycheck

– Copy of or original government document with your name and an address (original required if it contains a photograph)

You can vote at any Vote Center in Travis County with a “VoteHere/Aqui” sign.

Voters do not have to vote at a specific polling location, according to Travis County elections officials.

A handful of voting sites will be open for an extra two hours on Oct. 28, 29 and 30.

The following sites will be open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.:

– Ben Hur Shrine Center

– Millennium Youth Complex

– Pflugerville Independent School District Rock Gym

– South Park Meadows, Suite 400

– South Park Meadows, Suite 500

– Austin Central Library

You can check poll waiting times online.

The Travis County Clerk website has a wait time map for each voting location that you can check throughout the day.

The map can be found at: https://countyclerk.traviscountytx.gov/elections/wait-time-map.html

Remember, we’re still in a pandemic.

In July, Gov. Greg Abbott expanded the early voting period by a week because of the coronavirus pandemic. Normally, early voting would have started Oct. 19.

“By extending the early voting period and expanding the period in which mail-in ballots can be hand-delivered, Texans will have greater flexibility to cast their ballots, while at the same time protecting themselves and others from COVID-19,” Abbott said in a statement at the time.

– Don’t forget to stay 6 feet away from other voters and poll workers.

– Wash or disinfect your hands before and after voting

– Wear a face mask

– Bring your own pen, pencil or stylus.

– Stay home if you’re sick.

Vote-by-mail ballot applications are due Oct. 23.

Registered voters, who are at least 65 years old, sick or disabled, in jail but eligible to vote, a member of the armed forces or one of their dependents outside the country or those who have been out of their county of residence during the entire election period, can vote by mail.

To ask for a mail-in ballot, visit VoteTexas.gov to print out an application or request one be mailed to you.

Be sure to mail your ballot back as soon as possible by signing the carrier envelope and adding proper postage. Mailed ballots must be postmarked on or before Nov. 3 and received by 5 p.m. the following day.

You can also drop your ballot off at 5501 Airport Blvd.

Here’s when you can take your mail-ballot to the drop-off location:

– Between Oct. 13 and Nov. 1, ballots can be dropped off between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from noon to 6 p.m. on Sundays.

– On Nov. 2, the drop-off location will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

– On Nov. 3, the drop-off location will be opened 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.