ELECTION CENTRAL

November 2020 Election

Along with the winners of the March joint primaries – and the July 14 run-offs – the November election includes races for City Council – D2, D4, D6, D7, and D10 – and Austin Independent School District Board of Trustees – D2, D3, D5, and At-Large Position 8.

Election Day: Tuesday, November 3

In-person early voting: October 13-30. Mon.-Sat., 7am-7pm; Sun., noon-6pm.

Voter Registration

The deadline to register for the November election in Travis County has passed. If you're not already on the election rolls, then you should go sit in the corner and think about your choices.

Ballot By Mail

The last day to request a ballot by mail was Fri., Oct. 23.

To check the status of your ballot application, visit www.votetravis.com, scroll to the bottom of the page, and choose the "BBM Status" button.

You may submit your application by mail, email, fax, or in person. If you submit your application by fax or email, it must also be sent by mail and received in the County Clerk's office within four business days of your electronic submission (see email, fax, and mailing address below). If you submit your application in person, you must deliver it in person before the first day of early voting, Oct. 13, at the County Clerk’s Office at 5501 Airport Blvd.

Email: ebbm@traviscountytx.gov
Fax: 512/854-3969
Mail: Dana DeBeauvoir
Travis County Clerk – Elections Division
PO Box 149325
Austin, TX 78714-9325

Deadline to turn in your completed ballot: Nov. 3, postmarked; Nov. 4, received

Due to Gov. Abbott's order limiting ballot drop-off sites, the only location in Travis County open for hand delivery of mail-in ballots is the clerk's office at 5501 Airport Blvd. This location is open:

Oct.13-Nov. 1: Mon.- Sat., 7am-7pm; Sun., noon-6pm

Nov. 2: 8am-5pm

Nov. 3: 7am-7pm

Expanding vote-by-mail due to COVID-19 precautions is expanding in Texas; we’ll continue to monitor this situation for updates.

Still not sure who you're voting for? You can check out our endorsements for a rundown of who we like on the local ballot. A streamlined list of our endorsements on one easy-to-print page is available here. You can find detailed voting info and in-depth looks at all of the candidates on the Voters Guide lovingly compiled by the Austin area League of Women Voters.

Election Ticker: Wading Into the Final Week of Early Voting
Election Ticker: Wading Into the Final Week of Early Voting
Serenity now! Ahead of Election Day

Oct. 22, 2020

Pipeline, Drought Key Issues in the Aquifer Conservation District Election
Pipeline, Drought Key Issues in the Aquifer Conservation District Election
The Aquifer simmers in bottom-of-ballot race

Oct. 22, 2020

Getting Out Austin’s LGBTQIA Vote With Pride at the Polls
Getting Out Austin’s LGBTQIA Vote With Pride at the Polls
We're here, we're queer, and we vote

Oct. 22, 2020

Travis County Judge Blocks Abbott’s Order Limiting Ballot Delivery Sites
Travis County Judge Blocks Abbott’s Order Limiting Ballot Delivery Sites
Texas AG Ken Paxton has appealed decision to Texas’ 3rd Court of Appeals

Oct. 15, 2020

State Races Make for Critical Choices in the Middle of the Ballot
State Races Make for Critical Choices in the Middle of the Ballot
Taking a look at the state slate

Oct. 15, 2020

Election Ticker: Getting Out the Vote and Then Some
Election Ticker: Getting Out the Vote and Then Some
Texas heads into early voting

Oct. 15, 2020

Election Ticker: A Tale of Two Propositions
Election Ticker: A Tale of Two Propositions
Prop A jostling amid record-breaking voting stats

Oct. 15, 2020

Opinion: Why Texas Is Ground Zero for Change
Opinion: Why Texas Is Ground Zero for Change
With untapped voting power of Latinos, Texas has enormous potential, but the Lone Star State must modernize to pave the way to a stronger, more inclusive America

Oct. 8, 2020

City Council District 7: Land-Use Politics Take Center Stage
D7: Land-Use Politics Take Center Stage

Oct. 8, 2020

Austin at Large: The Costly Pastime of Politics
Austin at Large: The Costly Pastime of Politics
The big bucks are rolling in to local candidates and PACs. Why, and for what?

Oct. 8, 2020

Lawsuits Flying as Abbott Curbs Ballot Boxes
Lawsuits Flying as Abbott Curbs Ballot Boxes
Limiting ballot delivery to one location per county is unconstitutional, suit argues

Oct. 8, 2020

Texas Voting Rights Groups, Voters Sue Gov. Abbott Over Order Closing Ballot Delivery Sites
Texas Voting Rights Groups, Voters Sue Gov. Abbott Over Order Closing Ballot Delivery Sites
One location per county is unconstitutional, suit argues

Oct. 2, 2020

Abbott Issues Proclamation Limiting Ballot Drop-Off Sites
Abbott Issues Proclamation Limiting Ballot Drop-Off Sites
Only one location per county allowed under the order

Oct. 1, 2020

<i>Chronicle</i> Endorsements for the November General Election
Chronicle Endorsements for the November Election
Our picks for the local, state, and national races you'll see on your ballot

Oct. 1, 2020

November 2020 Election
Answers to Your Questions About Voting by Mail
Options and deadlines for those not going to the polls

Oct. 1, 2020

Austin at Large: If We Make It ’Til November
Austin at Large: If We Make It ’Til November
How noisy, chaotic, incoherent, and unpleasant can this election cycle get?

Oct. 1, 2020

Public Notice &ndash; Free Lunch: Yes or No?
Public Notice – Free Lunch: Yes or No?
A potpourri of virtual events and programs

Oct. 1, 2020

Red Team Comeback?
Red Team Comeback?
Races south, west of town too close for Democrats’ comfort

Oct. 1, 2020

November 3 General Election Endorsements (Condensed)
November 3 General Election Endorsements (Condensed)
All our endorsements collected on one easy-to-print page

Oct. 1, 2020

Will the Third Time Be a Charm for an Austin Rail System?
Will the Third Time Be a Charm for an Austin Rail System?
Project Connect looks to help make connections

Sept. 24, 2020

We Have an Issue: Honoring RBG
We Have an Issue: Honoring RBG
The stakes have raised even higher for the most consequential election in a lifetime

Sept. 24, 2020

From Light Rail to a Downtown Tunnel: The Parts of Project Connect
From Light Rail to a Downtown Tunnel: The Parts of Project Connect
Diving into the plan

Sept. 24, 2020

After Three Years Dem Congressional Nominee Julie Oliver May Seal the Deal
After Three Years Dem Congressional Nominee Julie Oliver May Seal the Deal
The Road Warrior of Texas Congressional District 25

Sept. 24, 2020

Qmmunity: SBOE Debates the Good, the Bad, and the Bass-ackwards
Qmmunity: SBOE Debates the Good, the Bad, and the Bass-ackwards
Plus, join AIDS Walk Austin Saturday to step to zero new HIV infections by 2030

Sept. 17, 2020

AISD First-Day Jitters
AISD First-Day Jitters
School opens with technical glitches; teachers’ union demands waiver to extend virtual learning

Sept. 17, 2020

Travis County Will Open Drive-Through Ballot Drop-Offs Beginning Oct. 1
Travis County Will Open Drive-Through Ballot Drop-Offs Beginning Oct. 1
Travis County voters will be able to hand-deliver their mail ballots at three Central Austin locations

Sept. 17, 2020

So You Want to Vote
So You Want to Vote
A flowchart to help guide you through mail-in ballots, voter registration

Sept. 3, 2020

November 2020 Election
Key Races on the November Ballot
A quick guide to the biggest contests to tide you over until endorsements

Sept. 3, 2020

Austin at Large: Voting From the Bottom Up
Austin at Large: Voting From the Bottom Up
Take advantage of your downballot opportunities to create real change

Sept. 3, 2020

Fight for Vote by Mail Continues at 5th Circuit
Fight for Vote by Mail Continues at 5th Circuit
Texas Democrats argue age limits violate constitution

Sept. 3, 2020

AISD Readies for School, Sports, Elections, and Red Ink
AISD Readies for School, Sports, Elections, and Red Ink
Students go back to class and sports Sept. 8 and more district news

Sept. 3, 2020

Turning Up to Talk About Low Voter Turnout
Turning Up to Talk About Low Voter Turnout
Get Out the Vote campaigns kick into high gear

Sept. 3, 2020

Opinion: The Importance of Feeling Heard
Opinion: The Importance of Feeling Heard
How do we motivate people to vote? By showing them their elected leaders are listening.

Aug. 27, 2020

A Look at the City Council Races for Districts 2, 4, & 7
A Look at the City Council Races for Districts 2, 4, & 7
As Garza moves on, Pool and Casar seek to stay put

Aug. 27, 2020

Four Open Seats, and Many Demands for Change at AISD
Four Open Seats, and Many Demands for Change at AISD
School board shakeup

Aug. 27, 2020

Council Candidates in District 6 and 10 Diverge on Police, Housing, Land Use
Council Candidates in District 6 and 10 Diverge on Police, Housing, Land Use
Race(s) to the West

Aug. 20, 2020

Council and Cap Metro Prepare to Hand Transit Plan to Voters
Council and Cap Metro Prepare to Hand Transit Plan to Voters
City's big plan is nearing the station

July 30, 2020

Eddie Rodriguez Concedes Senate Race to Sarah Eckhardt
Eddie Rodriguez Concedes Senate Race to Sarah Eckhardt
Longtime House rep foregoes run-off, emphasizes Dem party unity

July 30, 2020

Jimmy Flannigan Kicks Off Reelection Campaign
Jimmy Flannigan Kicks Off Reelection Campaign
Northside council member promises “uncommon approach” to policing, mobility

July 2, 2020

How <i>Are</i> We Going to Vote?
How Are We Going to Vote?
While the U.S. moves toward voting by mail, Texas digs in its heels

June 11, 2020

November 2020 Election
Voting by Mail in Texas: Where Things Stand
The law, and the lawsuits

June 11, 2020

Paxton Threatens Election Officials With Prosecution [UPDATE]
Paxton Threatens Election Officials
AG says he'll prosecute those who advise mail ballots to avoid COVID-19

May 4, 2020

Texas Democrats File Second Vote-by-Mail Suit
TDP Sues for Vote-by-Mail
Federal lawsuit follows earlier state filing for emergency action

April 7, 2020

Policy Prescriptions: Physician Candidates Contemplate the Pandemic
Physician Congressional Candidates
Gandhi, Eady Mann keep practicing while running for Congress

April 7, 2020

Increased Pressure for “Vote-by-Mail”
Increased Pressure for “Vote-by-Mail”
Mail vote would expand franchise and public safety – but not without problems

March 19, 2020

Point Austin: Future Outcomes Not Assured
Point Austin: Future Outcomes Not Assured
Super Tuesday’s first-round results leave plenty of unanswered questions

March 12, 2020

Long Lines and Close Races Defined Super Tuesday in Travis County
Long Lines and Close Races Defined Super Tuesday in Travis County
The votes are in!

March 5, 2020

How the Democratic Primaries Could Affect Down-Ballot Races in Austin
How the Democratic Primaries Could Affect Down-Ballot Races in Austin
See what happens when the circus is in town

Feb. 27, 2020

Point Austin: Primary Afterthoughts
Point Austin: Primary Afterthoughts
As the days dwindle to March 3, your campaign correspondent assesses the damage

Feb. 27, 2020

Election Ticker: Final Laps Before E-Day
Election Ticker: Final Laps Before E-Day
Countdown to Super Tuesday begins

Feb. 27, 2020

Austin At Large: Let Me Make Things Clear
Austin At Large: Let Me Make Things Clear
Yes, we need to move ahead quickly – but not recklessly – with a new land code

Feb. 20, 2020

Election Ticker: Su Voto Es Su Voz!
Election Ticker: Su Voto Es Su Voz!
Read up, look up, get down to the polls ...

Feb. 20, 2020

March 2020 Club Endorsements
March 2020 Club Endorsements
Who's backing whom in the Democratic primary?

Feb. 4, 2020

Point Austin: Top Down, Bottom Up
Point Austin: Top Down, Bottom Up
In a year of crucial elections, we need to be prepared

Jan. 30, 2020

Election Ticker: From Warren to WilCo
Election Ticker: From Warren to WilCo
Elizabeth Warren weighs in on the D.A. race

Jan. 30, 2020

City and Cap Metro Contemplate How to Make a "Real City” Transit System
City and Cap Metro Contemplate How to Make a "Real City” Transit System
Following the slow march toward a vote on a multibillion-dollar investment in public transit

Jan. 16, 2020

Austin Election Ticker: The Endorsements Begin
Austin Election Ticker: The Endorsements Begin
Delia Garza's Twitter tangle, Central Labor Council likes, and more

Jan. 16, 2020

How to Be a Better Austin Citizen in 2020
How to Be a Better Austin Citizen in 2020
The News staff takes to KOOP to discuss ways to be more civic-minded

Jan. 10, 2020

A Month-by-Month Guide to Election 2020 Madness
A Month-by-Month Guide to Election 2020 Madness
From local policy to the national election, we just want you to vote, OK?

Jan. 9, 2020

2020 Council Races Already Taking Shape
2020 Council Races Already Taking Shape
Alter draws a challenger for D10 seat

Dec. 27, 2019

Election Ticker: Marching Toward 2020
Election Ticker: Marching Toward 2020
Early voting in the primaries is only seven weeks away

Dec. 27, 2019

A Political Guide to Gifting in 2019
A Political Guide to Gifting in 2019
Give the gift of hope!

Dec. 5, 2019

Congressional Campaign Fundraising [UPDATE]
Congressional Campaign Fundraising [UPDATE]
Senate and House candidates late-posted dollars

Oct. 17, 2019

Point Austin: It's Accountability Time
Point Austin: It's Accountability Time
Lloyd Doggett on the need for swift action on impeachment

Oct. 10, 2019

Nancy Pelosi Brings Down the House at TribFest
Nancy Pelosi Brings Down the House at TribFest
Speaker talks impeachment, turning Texas blue in 2020

Sept. 29, 2019

U.S. Rep Will Hurd Walks the Purple Line at Trib Fest
U.S. Rep Will Hurd Walks the Purple Line at Trib Fest
Outbound GOP rep tells opening-night crowd: "Texas is a jump ball."

Sept. 26, 2019

Beto O'Rourke's Long, Hot Road to the Texas Primary
Beto's Long, Hot Road to the Texas Primary
We report from the 2020 Democratic campaign trail on whether all the blue, sweat, and beers are worth it

Sept. 26, 2019

DCCC Targets Trump’s Trade War
DCCC on Trump’s Trade War
National digital ad campaign hits consumer costs

Aug. 29, 2019

July 2020 Elections

Primary Run-off Election Day & Senate District 14 Special Election Day: Tuesday, July 14

Read the Chronicle Editorial Board's endorsements.

In-person early voting: June 29-July 10; polls closed Fri.-Sat., July 3-4*
Last day to to request a ballot by mail (received, not postmarked): Thursday, July 2**

To vote by mail, you must first apply for a ballot. The Travis County Elections Division only sends out applications or ballots on specific request from a voter. For more info, or to down­load a ballot application, visit the Travis County Clerk's Office elections webpage here. You may also request a ballot application online at the Texas Secretary of State's website and an application will be mailed to you.

*Editor's note: Per Governor Greg Abbott's May 11 proclamation, in-person early voting begins Mon., June 29, a week earlier than its originally scheduled start on July 6.

**Expanding Vote-By-Mail due to COVID-19 precautions is evolving in Texas; for now, voters should assume that they will have to request a mail-in ballot and must do so by July 2.

Primary Run-off Election

Several of the March 3 primary elections in Travis County and across the state will move to a run-off election. In light of COVID-19, the rescheduled primary run-off election day is Tuesday, July 14.

For the Democratic Party, races include the U.S. Senate; Congressional districts TX-10, TX-17, and TX-31; and the Texas Railroad Commission. Local Dem run-off elections will be held for County Court at Law No. 4; District Attorney; County Attorney; and the Precinct 3 seat on Commissioners Court.

For the GOP, Congressional districts TX-17 and TX-35 will move to run-offs, in addition to State Board of Education District 5 and Texas House of Representatives District 47 races.

Senate District 14 Special Election

Six candidates have filed in the race to replace retired Kirk Watson in the Texas Senate. In the order they'll appear on the ballot: Former Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt (D), former Austin City Council Member Don Zimmerman (R), physician Jeff Ridgeway (I), state Rep. Eddie Rodriguez (D), former Texas Libertarian Party Chair and Lago Vista Council Member Pat Dixon (L), and retiree Waller T. Burns II (R).

Election Ticker: Wading Into the Final Week of Early Voting
Election Ticker: Wading Into the Final Week of Early Voting
Serenity now! Ahead of Election Day

Oct. 22, 2020

Pipeline, Drought Key Issues in the Aquifer Conservation District Election
Pipeline, Drought Key Issues in the Aquifer Conservation District Election
The Aquifer simmers in bottom-of-ballot race

Oct. 22, 2020

Getting Out Austin’s LGBTQIA Vote With Pride at the Polls
Getting Out Austin’s LGBTQIA Vote With Pride at the Polls
We're here, we're queer, and we vote

Oct. 22, 2020

Travis County Judge Blocks Abbott’s Order Limiting Ballot Delivery Sites
Travis County Judge Blocks Abbott’s Order Limiting Ballot Delivery Sites
Texas AG Ken Paxton has appealed decision to Texas’ 3rd Court of Appeals

Oct. 15, 2020

State Races Make for Critical Choices in the Middle of the Ballot
State Races Make for Critical Choices in the Middle of the Ballot
Taking a look at the state slate

Oct. 15, 2020

Election Ticker: Getting Out the Vote and Then Some
Election Ticker: Getting Out the Vote and Then Some
Texas heads into early voting

Oct. 15, 2020

Election Ticker: A Tale of Two Propositions
Election Ticker: A Tale of Two Propositions
Prop A jostling amid record-breaking voting stats

Oct. 15, 2020

Opinion: Why Texas Is Ground Zero for Change
Opinion: Why Texas Is Ground Zero for Change
With untapped voting power of Latinos, Texas has enormous potential, but the Lone Star State must modernize to pave the way to a stronger, more inclusive America

Oct. 8, 2020

City Council District 7: Land-Use Politics Take Center Stage
D7: Land-Use Politics Take Center Stage

Oct. 8, 2020

Austin at Large: The Costly Pastime of Politics
Austin at Large: The Costly Pastime of Politics
The big bucks are rolling in to local candidates and PACs. Why, and for what?

Oct. 8, 2020

Lawsuits Flying as Abbott Curbs Ballot Boxes
Lawsuits Flying as Abbott Curbs Ballot Boxes
Limiting ballot delivery to one location per county is unconstitutional, suit argues

Oct. 8, 2020

Texas Voting Rights Groups, Voters Sue Gov. Abbott Over Order Closing Ballot Delivery Sites
Texas Voting Rights Groups, Voters Sue Gov. Abbott Over Order Closing Ballot Delivery Sites
One location per county is unconstitutional, suit argues

Oct. 2, 2020

Abbott Issues Proclamation Limiting Ballot Drop-Off Sites
Abbott Issues Proclamation Limiting Ballot Drop-Off Sites
Only one location per county allowed under the order

Oct. 1, 2020

<i>Chronicle</i> Endorsements for the November General Election
Chronicle Endorsements for the November Election
Our picks for the local, state, and national races you'll see on your ballot

Oct. 1, 2020

July 2020 Elections
Answers to Your Questions About Voting by Mail
Options and deadlines for those not going to the polls

Oct. 1, 2020

Austin at Large: If We Make It ’Til November
Austin at Large: If We Make It ’Til November
How noisy, chaotic, incoherent, and unpleasant can this election cycle get?

Oct. 1, 2020

Public Notice &ndash; Free Lunch: Yes or No?
Public Notice – Free Lunch: Yes or No?
A potpourri of virtual events and programs

Oct. 1, 2020

Red Team Comeback?
Red Team Comeback?
Races south, west of town too close for Democrats’ comfort

Oct. 1, 2020

November 3 General Election Endorsements (Condensed)
November 3 General Election Endorsements (Condensed)
All our endorsements collected on one easy-to-print page

Oct. 1, 2020

Will the Third Time Be a Charm for an Austin Rail System?
Will the Third Time Be a Charm for an Austin Rail System?
Project Connect looks to help make connections

Sept. 24, 2020

We Have an Issue: Honoring RBG
We Have an Issue: Honoring RBG
The stakes have raised even higher for the most consequential election in a lifetime

Sept. 24, 2020

From Light Rail to a Downtown Tunnel: The Parts of Project Connect
From Light Rail to a Downtown Tunnel: The Parts of Project Connect
Diving into the plan

Sept. 24, 2020

After Three Years Dem Congressional Nominee Julie Oliver May Seal the Deal
After Three Years Dem Congressional Nominee Julie Oliver May Seal the Deal
The Road Warrior of Texas Congressional District 25

Sept. 24, 2020

Qmmunity: SBOE Debates the Good, the Bad, and the Bass-ackwards
Qmmunity: SBOE Debates the Good, the Bad, and the Bass-ackwards
Plus, join AIDS Walk Austin Saturday to step to zero new HIV infections by 2030

Sept. 17, 2020

AISD First-Day Jitters
AISD First-Day Jitters
School opens with technical glitches; teachers’ union demands waiver to extend virtual learning

Sept. 17, 2020

Travis County Will Open Drive-Through Ballot Drop-Offs Beginning Oct. 1
Travis County Will Open Drive-Through Ballot Drop-Offs Beginning Oct. 1
Travis County voters will be able to hand-deliver their mail ballots at three Central Austin locations

Sept. 17, 2020

So You Want to Vote
So You Want to Vote
A flowchart to help guide you through mail-in ballots, voter registration

Sept. 3, 2020

July 2020 Elections
Key Races on the November Ballot
A quick guide to the biggest contests to tide you over until endorsements

Sept. 3, 2020

Austin at Large: Voting From the Bottom Up
Austin at Large: Voting From the Bottom Up
Take advantage of your downballot opportunities to create real change

Sept. 3, 2020

Fight for Vote by Mail Continues at 5th Circuit
Fight for Vote by Mail Continues at 5th Circuit
Texas Democrats argue age limits violate constitution

Sept. 3, 2020

AISD Readies for School, Sports, Elections, and Red Ink
AISD Readies for School, Sports, Elections, and Red Ink
Students go back to class and sports Sept. 8 and more district news

Sept. 3, 2020

Turning Up to Talk About Low Voter Turnout
Turning Up to Talk About Low Voter Turnout
Get Out the Vote campaigns kick into high gear

Sept. 3, 2020

Opinion: The Importance of Feeling Heard
Opinion: The Importance of Feeling Heard
How do we motivate people to vote? By showing them their elected leaders are listening.

Aug. 27, 2020

A Look at the City Council Races for Districts 2, 4, & 7
A Look at the City Council Races for Districts 2, 4, & 7
As Garza moves on, Pool and Casar seek to stay put

Aug. 27, 2020

Four Open Seats, and Many Demands for Change at AISD
Four Open Seats, and Many Demands for Change at AISD
School board shakeup

Aug. 27, 2020

Council Candidates in District 6 and 10 Diverge on Police, Housing, Land Use
Council Candidates in District 6 and 10 Diverge on Police, Housing, Land Use
Race(s) to the West

Aug. 20, 2020

Opinion: The Argument for Approval Voting
Opinion: The Argument for Approval Voting
Don’t call them spoilers: These former Senate District 14 candidates think there’s a better alternative to run-offs

July 30, 2020

Council and Cap Metro Prepare to Hand Transit Plan to Voters
Council and Cap Metro Prepare to Hand Transit Plan to Voters
City's big plan is nearing the station

July 30, 2020

Eddie Rodriguez Concedes Senate Race to Sarah Eckhardt
Eddie Rodriguez Concedes Senate Race to Sarah Eckhardt
Longtime House rep foregoes run-off, emphasizes Dem party unity

July 30, 2020

Record Turnout in Run-Off Election Pushes Democratic Party Toward Change
Record Turnout in Run-Off Election Pushes Democratic Party Toward Change
State and local races show the blue getting bluer

July 16, 2020

Travis County Results for the Primary Run-off and Special Election
Travis County Results for the Primary Run-off and Special Election
Local voters make a statement in D.A. race and others

July 15, 2020

Early Voting Results for the Primary Run-off and Special Election
Early Voting Results for the Primary Run-off and Special Election
José Garza takes sizable lead in D.A. race & more Travis Co. numbers

July 14, 2020

Everything You Need to Know to Vote Today
Everything You Need to Know to Vote Today
Polls close at 7pm

July 14, 2020

Looking at the Hard-to-Handicap Race for a Texas Senate Seat
Looking at the Hard-to-Handicap Race for a Texas Senate Seat
Who will take Kirk Watson's Texas Senate District 14 seat?

July 9, 2020

Tales From Early Voting and More Before the July 14 Election
Tales From Early Voting and More Before the July 14 Election
Last-minute jostling before election day

July 9, 2020

The Other Four Candidates for Senate District 14
The Other Four Candidates for Senate District 14
More and merry candidates join the fun

July 9, 2020

Advice on Ballot by Mail Voting
Advice on Ballot by Mail Voting
Got questions about the joint run-off and special election?

July 9, 2020

Public Notice: Pushing Our Limits
Public Notice: Pushing Our Limits
Time to take COVID matters into our own hands

July 2, 2020

Jimmy Flannigan Kicks Off Reelection Campaign
Jimmy Flannigan Kicks Off Reelection Campaign
Northside council member promises “uncommon approach” to policing, mobility

July 2, 2020

Can’t Vote by Mail Now? Perhaps November.
Can’t Vote by Mail Now? Perhaps November.
Courts have time – if not the will – to expand VBM before general election

June 30, 2020

<i>Chronicle</i> Endorsements
Chronicle Endorsements
July 14 Primary Run-off Election and Senate District 14 Special Election

June 25, 2020

July 2020 Elections
So, You Want to Vote by Mail – Now What?
Answers to your VBM questions

June 25, 2020

July 2020 Elections
July 2020 Election Info
Early Voting June 29 - July 10

June 25, 2020

Public Notice: Voting by Mail? Better Act Fast.
Public Notice: Voting by Mail? Better Act Fast.
Plus: $$ for Tesla, Threadgill’s auction & more

June 25, 2020

A Question of Compassion for Travis County's Family Violence Court
A Question of Compassion for Travis County's Family Violence Court
A woman alleged rape. The man she accused went free. Should his attorney run our court?

June 18, 2020

By Mail or In Person, the July 14 Election Is Looming
By Mail or In Person, the July 14 Election Is Looming
Masks encouraged, distancing required; 25,000 mail ballots sent

June 18, 2020

How <i>Are</i> We Going to Vote?
How Are We Going to Vote?
While the U.S. moves toward voting by mail, Texas digs in its heels

June 11, 2020

July 2020 Elections
Voting by Mail in Texas: Where Things Stand
The law, and the lawsuits

June 11, 2020

U.S. Senate Debate Closes Upbeat Texas Dem Convention
Hegar, West Debate
M.J. Hegar and Royce West seize the center

June 8, 2020

Legal Heat Rises on Vote-by-Mail
Legal Heat Rises on Vote-by-Mail
Dallas Dems file criminal complaint against attorney general

May 14, 2020

Eckhardt, Rodriguez, Zimmerman Square Off for Watson’s Vacant Seat
Eckhardt, Rodriguez, Zimmerman Square Off for Watson’s Vacant Seat
Filing deadline passed, the SD 14 field locks into place

May 14, 2020

Travis County Clerk Lays Out Her July Election Plan
Travis County Clerk Lays Out Her July Election Plan
Despite threats by AG Ken Paxton, Dana DeBeauvoir expects a "hybrid" July election

May 7, 2020

Greg Casar Will Not Run for Kirk Watson's Vacant Senate Seat
Greg Casar Will Not Run for Kirk Watson's Vacant Senate Seat
Austin council member says: “I’m staying right where I am”

May 4, 2020

Paxton Threatens Election Officials With Prosecution [UPDATE]
Paxton Threatens Election Officials
AG says he'll prosecute those who advise mail ballots to avoid COVID-19

May 4, 2020

Will Vote-by-Mail Happen by July Elections?
Will Vote-by-Mail Happen by July Elections?
State, local officials at odds over how people qualify

April 30, 2020

Will Vote-by-Mail Happen by July?
Vote-by-Mail by July?
Legal battle clouds election planning timeline

April 23, 2020

Judge Sulak Issues Vote-by-Mail Injunction
Sulak VBM Injunction
Enables mail ballots for all voters to vote by mail

April 17, 2020

Texas Democrats Stay Organized Amidst the Pandemic
Texas Democrats Stay Organized Amidst the Pandemic
Get this party started

April 16, 2020

Texas Vote-by-Mail Hearing Concludes
VBM Hearing Concludes
Judge indicates he will grant temporary injunction for VBM

April 15, 2020

Texas Vote-by-Mail Hearing Continues in 353rd Court
Vote-by-Mail Hearing
Morning testimony from Glen Maxey and medical experts

April 15, 2020

Texas Democrats File Second Vote-by-Mail Suit
TDP Sues for Vote-by-Mail
Federal lawsuit follows earlier state filing for emergency action

April 7, 2020

Policy Prescriptions: Physician Candidates Contemplate the Pandemic
Physician Congressional Candidates
Gandhi, Eady Mann keep practicing while running for Congress

April 7, 2020

Increased Pressure for “Vote-by-Mail”
Increased Pressure for “Vote-by-Mail”
Mail vote would expand franchise and public safety – but not without problems

March 19, 2020

Point Austin: Future Outcomes Not Assured
Point Austin: Future Outcomes Not Assured
Super Tuesday’s first-round results leave plenty of unanswered questions

March 12, 2020

Long Lines and Close Races Defined Super Tuesday in Travis County
Long Lines and Close Races Defined Super Tuesday in Travis County
The votes are in!

March 5, 2020

How the Democratic Primaries Could Affect Down-Ballot Races in Austin
How the Democratic Primaries Could Affect Down-Ballot Races in Austin
See what happens when the circus is in town

Feb. 27, 2020

Point Austin: Primary Afterthoughts
Point Austin: Primary Afterthoughts
As the days dwindle to March 3, your campaign correspondent assesses the damage

Feb. 27, 2020

Election Ticker: Final Laps Before E-Day
Election Ticker: Final Laps Before E-Day
Countdown to Super Tuesday begins

Feb. 27, 2020

Austin At Large: Let Me Make Things Clear
Austin At Large: Let Me Make Things Clear
Yes, we need to move ahead quickly – but not recklessly – with a new land code

Feb. 20, 2020

Election Ticker: Su Voto Es Su Voz!
Election Ticker: Su Voto Es Su Voz!
Read up, look up, get down to the polls ...

Feb. 20, 2020

March 2020 Club Endorsements
March 2020 Club Endorsements
Who's backing whom in the Democratic primary?

Feb. 4, 2020

Point Austin: Top Down, Bottom Up
Point Austin: Top Down, Bottom Up
In a year of crucial elections, we need to be prepared

Jan. 30, 2020

Election Ticker: From Warren to WilCo
Election Ticker: From Warren to WilCo
Elizabeth Warren weighs in on the D.A. race

Jan. 30, 2020

City and Cap Metro Contemplate How to Make a "Real City” Transit System
City and Cap Metro Contemplate How to Make a "Real City” Transit System
Following the slow march toward a vote on a multibillion-dollar investment in public transit

Jan. 16, 2020

Austin Election Ticker: The Endorsements Begin
Austin Election Ticker: The Endorsements Begin
Delia Garza's Twitter tangle, Central Labor Council likes, and more

Jan. 16, 2020

How to Be a Better Austin Citizen in 2020
How to Be a Better Austin Citizen in 2020
The News staff takes to KOOP to discuss ways to be more civic-minded

Jan. 10, 2020

A Month-by-Month Guide to Election 2020 Madness
A Month-by-Month Guide to Election 2020 Madness
From local policy to the national election, we just want you to vote, OK?

Jan. 9, 2020

2020 Council Races Already Taking Shape
2020 Council Races Already Taking Shape
Alter draws a challenger for D10 seat

Dec. 27, 2019

Election Ticker: Marching Toward 2020
Election Ticker: Marching Toward 2020
Early voting in the primaries is only seven weeks away

Dec. 27, 2019

A Political Guide to Gifting in 2019
A Political Guide to Gifting in 2019
Give the gift of hope!

Dec. 5, 2019

Congressional Campaign Fundraising [UPDATE]
Congressional Campaign Fundraising [UPDATE]
Senate and House candidates late-posted dollars

Oct. 17, 2019

Point Austin: It's Accountability Time
Point Austin: It's Accountability Time
Lloyd Doggett on the need for swift action on impeachment

Oct. 10, 2019

Nancy Pelosi Brings Down the House at TribFest
Nancy Pelosi Brings Down the House at TribFest
Speaker talks impeachment, turning Texas blue in 2020

Sept. 29, 2019

U.S. Rep Will Hurd Walks the Purple Line at Trib Fest
U.S. Rep Will Hurd Walks the Purple Line at Trib Fest
Outbound GOP rep tells opening-night crowd: "Texas is a jump ball."

Sept. 26, 2019

Beto O'Rourke's Long, Hot Road to the Texas Primary
Beto's Long, Hot Road to the Texas Primary
We report from the 2020 Democratic campaign trail on whether all the blue, sweat, and beers are worth it

Sept. 26, 2019

DCCC Targets Trump’s Trade War
DCCC on Trump’s Trade War
National digital ad campaign hits consumer costs

Aug. 29, 2019

May 2020 Elections

Uniform Election Day: Saturday, May 2

Last day to register to vote in uniform election: Thursday, April 2

At the time of this post's publication, Gov. Greg Abbott has not announced scheduling a special election in retiring state Sen. Kirk Watson's Senate District 14; the governor has until some date in March (likely the 10th, 17th, or 27th) to call an SD 14 special election for the May 2 uniform election date. We will continue monitoring this election for updates.

Primary Run-off Election Day: Tuesday, May 26

Last day to register to vote in primary run-off election: Monday, April 27

Several of the March 3 primary elections in Travis County and across the state will move to a run-off election on Tuesday, May 26.

For the Democratic Party, races include the U.S. Senate; Congressional districts TX-10, TX-17, and TX-35; and the Texas Railroad Commission. Local Dem run-off elections will be held for County Court at Law No. 4; District Attorney; County Attorney; and the Precinct 3 seat on Commissioners Court.

For the GOP, Congressional districts TX-17 and TX-35 will move to run-offs, in addition to State Board of Education District 5 and Texas House of Representatives District 47 races.


Travis County voters may vote at any vote center – look for the "Vote Here/Aquí" sign. Find vote centers, voter registration instructions, and information on acceptable forms of voter ID, at the Travis County Clerk's Elections page.

Here are the Chronicle Editorial Board's endorsements in the March 3 Primary Election, annotated, and here is a streamlined list.

Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt's Long Goodbye
Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt's Long Goodbye
State Senate race to succeed Kirk Watson complicated by pandemic and controversy

April 2, 2020

Eckhardt Resigns as Travis County Judge, Enters State Senate Race
Eckhardt Resigns as Travis County Judge, Enters State Senate Race
Predecessor Sam Biscoe appointed to fill seat until November election

March 10, 2020

Rep. Eddie Rodriguez Kicks Off Run for State Senate
Rep. Eddie Rodriguez Kicks Off Run for State Senate
Lege veteran aims to claim Watson's seat in special election

March 7, 2020

Candidates Step Gingerly Into Senate Special Election Fray
Candidates Step Gingerly Into Senate Special Election Fray
Eddie Rodriguez, Greg Casar, and Sarah Eckhardt all moving toward race to succeed Kirk Watson

March 5, 2020

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