Early voting ends Friday in ‘ground zero’ Texas; see sites and times

Early voting ends Oct. 30

Campaign signs line the grounds of the Burnet County Courthouse South Annex in Marble Falls, one of four early voting locations for the 2020 general election. Friday is the last day of early voting in Texas. Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 3. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

Early voting in Texas ends Friday, Oct. 30, for the 2020 general election. If you are not in line to vote by the time polling locations close Friday (see times below), you will have to wait until Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 3, for your chance. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Election Day.

Texas has been called “ground zero” for a national surge in early voting numbers. The Lone Star State historically ranks near the bottom of states in voter turnout. As of Friday, Oct. 25, more than 37.6 percent of all registered voters in the state voted early with one more week to go. 

Total turnout — early voting and Election Day — was 59.2 percent in 2016, the last presidential election. The state has 16.9 million registered voters. 

Experts from Decision Desk HQ, an election analysis company, predicted a turnout of about 12 million, or 67 percent of, registered voters by the day’s end Nov. 3. GOP analyst Derek Ryan told the Associated Press he expects the total to be more than 12 million. 

According to TexasTribune.org, turnout is strong for both parties, though impossible to predict: 39 percent of those voting early have no primary election history to analyze. 

Nationwide, nearly 56 million people have voted. Experts expect 150 million will vote by the end of Election Day. If true, that would be a national turnout rate of 62 percent of eligible voters. 

The stakes are big this election cycle. Seeking a second term, President Donald Trump faces Democratic challenger and former Vice President Joe Biden. Texans will also decide whether to send U.S. Sen. John Cornyn back to the nation’s capital for his fourth, six-year term or replace him with Democratic challenger M.J. Hegar. 

Polling results in the Cornyn vs. Hegar race are all over the place, but all with Cornyn in the lead. In the latest three polls, the range put Cornyn ahead anywhere from 10 points to 2 points. A 2-point difference is a statistical dead heat. 

A Data for Progress poll showed Cornyn ahead by 2 points, while the The New York Times/Siena College poll shows the senator with a 10-point advantage. Hegar is winning the fundraising race, however. She outraised Cornyn nearly 3 to 1 in the first two weeks of October. 

Two polls in the Roger Williams vs. Julie Oliver race for District 25 in the U.S. House of Representatives follows that pattern, with Williams in the lead in both, just by closer margins. According to an internal poll by Oliver’s campaign, she, too, is within 2 points — again a statistical dead heat. A Remington Research Group poll shows the congressman leading Oliver by a margin of 12 points. (These are early September poll numbers.) 

Again, the money tells a different story. The most recent figures, which were released Friday, Oct. 23, show Oliver raised $140,000 more than Williams in the first two weeks of the month. She has gained in fundraising over the summer, although Williams is still ahead, just not by as much as he was when Oliver challenged him in 2018. That year, Williams raised $1 million more than Oliver. This year, he is only $338,000 ahead. He won by 6 percent in 2018.

Burnet County Early Voting Locations

This year, Burnet County voters can vote early at any of the four following locations:

  • Burnet County AgriLife Extension Auditorium, 607 N. Vandeveer St. in Burnet
  • Burnet County Courthouse Annex South, 810 Steve Hawkins Parkway in Marble Falls
  • Joann Cole Mitte Memorial Library, 170 N. Gabriel St. in Bertram
  • Granite Shoals Community Center, 1208 N. Phillips Ranch Road in Granite Shoals 

Burnet County Early Voting Dates and Times

  • Monday-Wednesday, Oct. 26-28, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Thursday, Oct. 29, 7 a.m.-7 p.m.
  • Friday, Oct. 30, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Llano County Early Voting Locations, Dates, and Times

Llano County Library, 102 E. Haynie in Llano

  • Monday, Oct. 26, 7 a.m.-7 p.m.
  • Tuesday-Friday, Oct. 27-30, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Kingsland Branch Library, 125 W. Polk St.

  • Monday-Friday, Oct. 26-30, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Horseshoe Bay City Office, #1 Community Drive

  • Monday-Friday, Oct. 26-30, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

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