Report From the County Clerk
By Lee Nichols,
3:14PM, Tue. Nov. 7, 2006
MIDDAY ELECTION UPDATE FROM COUNTY CLERK DANA DEBEAUVOIR
We’re having a great Election Day in Travis County. Polling places are quite busy, and lines have been steady throughout the day. The overwhelming number of calls to the County Clerk’s Elections Division did result in a steady busy signal for a few minutes as voting got underway. The eSlate equipment has worked exceptionally well today. Other than a few loose cables and early morning jitters that were resolved quickly, we have had no major problems none with the voting system. Early this morning, we did experience some set-up issues with a few election workers who got flustered and were still setting up booths when voters arrived. As they are trained to do, these workers called for help and a team of troubleshooters was immediately dispatched to provide assistance. By mid-morning all polling places had settled into a steady, if somewhat frenzied, pace of processing voters. At this point, voters who haven’t gone to the polls yet should allow a little extra time because the period from 3:30 to 7:00 pm is traditionally the heaviest time of the day for turnout. Of concern, one voter said she had received an automated phone call at her residence incorrectly informing her that her polling place had changed. We hope for no campaign mischief, but we encourage voters to beware. Voters who want to verify their voting status or polling place can call the County Clerk’s Elections Division at 238-VOTE.