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Breaking Down the Ballot

The News desk provides a cheat sheet for overwhelmed November voters

By Michael King and the News Staff, Fri., Oct. 19, 2012

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 (www.traviscountyclerk.org/eclerk/Content.do?code=E.3) 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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