Breaking Down the Ballot

The News desk provides a cheat sheet for overwhelmed November voters

Travis County Clerk Dana DeBeauvoir is recommending voters bring notes along Nov. 6, as we will be wading through a longer-than-usual ballot on our e-slate readers. The county's sample ballot, available on the county's election website ( is especially daunting – but remember, you'll only see the races included in your particular precinct. That will be lengthy enough – so the News staff is hereby doing its best to provide you with a handy "voters' guide" to the races – from national to extremely local – that are most likely to turn up on your e-slate on Election Day. (This cheat sheet focuses on useful voter information; for specific Chronicle endorsements in contested races and on ballot propositions, please see our endorsements.)

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