Travis County Voting Hours Extended
Votes after 7 considered provisional
By Brandon Watson,
3:04PM, Tue. Mar. 4, 2014
The Travis County Clerk has announced that voting hours in today's primary election will be extended until 9 tonight due to the bad weather late start this morning. However, those voters who arrive at the polling location after 7 will be filling provisional ballots according to state law. Buy an extra bag of chips on the way home. It's going to be a long night.
Full press release from Travis County Elections below:
“In the interest of public safety and due to the inability to timely access the many public buildings used for polling sites, the opening of polling locations for the Democratic and Republican primaries was delayed until 11:00 a.m.” DeBeauvoir said. “Extended polling hours will give all voters the opportunity to cast their ballots.” DeBeauvoir added.
Pursuant to Texas election laws, ballots cast by individuals who arrive at a polling place after 7 p.m. but before the polls close, will be voted as provisional ballots. Ballots cast provisionally are reviewed by a ballot board and will be accepted as long as the voter is otherwise qualified. Votes casts by eligible voters during extended hours will be counted and included in the final tally, however, results from these ballots will not be included in this evening’s unofficial vote totals.
“We appreciate the dedication and stamina of our election workers who will be working long into the night.” said DeBeauvoir. “Elections wouldn’t be possible without the efforts of these steadfast and faithful citizens who conduct elections under extraordinary circumstances.” DeBeauvoir added.
Republican precinct conventions will begin tonight at 9:30 p.m. Democratic precinct conventions will be held March 22.
The Joint Primary election is a vote centers election so voters may cast their ballot at any polling location not just in their registered precinct.
Please visit our website www.traviscountyelections.org for a list of polling locations.
For further information, voters should contact the Travis County Clerk’s Elections Division at 512- 854-4996 or 512-238-VOTE (8683)."