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The CD 10 Polls, in Graphic Form
Margin is narrowing between McCaul and Doherty
DAILY News  October 27, 2008, by Lee Nichols
"...When we interviewed Democratic Congressional District 10 candidate Larry Joe Doherty earlier this month, he told us his campaign was "on track to peak on Nov. 4." The illustration to the right, showing trendlines of the four polls that have been taken in the race since May, seem to indicate the strategy to unseat incumbent Michael McCaul may be working...."

Election Workers Needed, Many Polls Combined
Don't forget to vote May 12.
DAILY News  May 10, 2007, by Lee Nichols
"...View a Sample Ballot: The following is the complete list of jurisdictions on the Travis County ballot: City of Cedar Park, City of Lakeway, City of Lago Vista, City of Leander, City of Manor, City of Pflugerville, City of Rollingwood, City of Round Rock, City of Westlake Hills, Sunset Valley, Village of the Hills, Village of Briarcliff, Village of Volente, Manor ISD, Del Valle ISD, Austin ISD District 2, Leander ISD, Lake Travis ISD, Lago Vista ISD, Bastrop-Travis County ESD # 1, Travis County Bee Cave Road District No. 1 CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT The constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to provide for a reduction of the limitation on the total amount of ad valorem taxes that may be imposed for public school purposes on the residence homesteads of the elderly or disabled to reflect any reduction in the rate of those taxes for the 2006 and 2007 tax years. For more information, consult the condensed analysis of the proposed constitutional amendment by the Texas Legislative Council: ELECTION DAY POLLS REMEMBER, ON ELECTION DAY, YOU CAN ONLY VOTE IN YOUR REGISTERED PRECINCT. Polls are open from 7 am to 7 pm on Election Day, Saturday, May 12, 2007. To locate your precinct poll, click here: Your precinct number is printed on the front of your voter registration certificate. If you do not know your voter registration or precinct number, you may verify your status with the Voter Registrar's office or by calling 854-9473. THE FOLLOWING PRECINCT HAS A NEW POLLING PLACE FOR THIS ELECTION: 401 Del Valle ISD Administration Building, 5301 Ross Road THE FOLLOWING PRECINCTS ARE COMBINED RESULTING IN NEW POLLING PLACES , FOR THIS ELECTION ONLY, DUE TO SCHEDULING CONFLICTS OF EXISTING POLLING LOCATIONS: 113 Combined @ 112 Dessau Elementary School 145 Combined @ 146 Lee Elementary School 147 Combined @ 148 Jester East 160 Combined @ 163 Cook Elementary 200 Combined @ 226 Brookhollow Elementary 201 Combined @ 202 Murchison Elementary 206 Combined @ 226 Brookhollow Elementary 208 Combined @ 267 Great Hills Baptist Church 209 Combined @ 202 Murchison Elementary 210 Combined @ 251 O..."

What the Polls Show
Who's on first? Depends on what day it is.
News Story  October 31, 2008, by Lee Nichols
"...20-22 showed an ever-narrowing gap between incumbent Republican Michael McCaul (46%) and Democrat Larry Joe Doherty (42%) with 4% "other" and 8% undecided (400 likely voters, MOE ±5%). Three previous polls by other firms since May have shown McCaul's advantage, respectively, at 9%, 6%, and (less than a month ago) 5%...."

Lies, Damn Lies, and Polls
News Story  April 25, 2003, by Michael King
"...As the Texas Senate holds fire on HB 4, various interest groups for and against tort reform have been busy with letter-writing campaigns, ads, and polls. On April 16, the Quorum Report featured a poll by Allyn & Company conducted on behalf of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, which opposes HB 4..."

It's Lonely at the Polls
Early voting kicks off with a whimper
News Story  November 1, 2013, by Richard Whittaker
"...25). Yet Travis County residents have more reason than most to show up at the polls..."

Pot at the Polls
Things not looking too good for pot-law reform measures
DAILY News  November 2, 2010, by Jordan Smith
"...While pot proponents in the Golden State still sound optimistic, it's not clear they'll have the votes to push the measure over the top. Earlier polls looked good; in the last couple of weeks, however, support seems to be slumping..."

Pushy Polls
GOP gubernatorial candidates accused of massaging the message in the numbers
DAILY News  January 9, 2010, by Richard Whittaker
"...Rick Perry, Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison and Debra Medina? Depends which campaign and which pet pollsters you ask...."

Dan Grant: Why the Polls Don't Work
CD-10 candidate taks about why high voter turn-out could help Speaker Craddick now and hurt him in November.
DAILY News  February 28, 2008, by Richard Whittaker
"...This time, they're expecting three times that number just in the Travis County precincts in the district. This also means that the polls are irrelevant, since most pollsters work with a definition of "likely voter" that means "voted last time." So what does this mean? Well, first off, the basic rules of campaigning have changed, as every vote is in play..."

Polls Close in One Hour
Sixteen state constitutional amendments are on the ballot.
DAILY News  November 6, 2007, by Lee Nichols

Follow the Money ... to the Polls
Election funds flow to and from candidates and PACs
News Story  October 18, 2018, by Mike Clark-Madison

Ubering to the Polls
There's no stopping a costly referendum election
News Story  February 18, 2016, by Mac McCann

Push Polls Are Very Rare
Postmarks  January 20, 2014
"...… McCombs?" Newsdesk, Jan. 18] needs to be addressed. For the record, I've worked directly on many campaigns and have consulted on dozens, from local to federal, and I worked with pollsters on all of them..."

Eckhardt Name Polls Well
Commissioner leads county judge race in name recognition
DAILY News  March 4, 2013, by Michael King

Out of the Schools and Into the Polls
Lege (and voters) still fighting over how much to cut public schools
News Story  May 27, 2011, by Richard Whittaker

Polls Closed But Lines Still Long....
DAILY News  November 4, 2008, by Jordan Smith

Polls Close at 7pm
Did everybody vote early?
DAILY News  November 4, 2008, by Lee Nichols

Polls Close in Minutes; Head to Your Precinct Caucus NOW
DAILY News  March 4, 2008, by Lee Nichols

Election Eve Polls for Texas: Still Deadlocked
If it ends up being a tie, which way will the possession arrow be pointing? This is March madness.
DAILY News  March 3, 2008, by Lee Nichols

Survey Says? RG4N Polls on Wal-Mart
Responsible Growth covers Northcross this weekend
DAILY News  January 12, 2007, by Wells Dunbar

Texas Polls Are Closed
DAILY News  November 7, 2006, by Lee Nichols

The Race to 270 (and 51, and 218 …)
An hour-by-hour viewer's guide to Tuesday night's election coverage
DAILY News  November 6, 2012, by Nick Barbaro
"...Have you already voted? Good. Are you watching election returns tonight? Here are some things to look for, hour by hour, as the polls close across the country...."

Cox Guarding the Henhouse
For Whom the Polls Toll
News Column  November 27, 1998, by Lee Nichols
"...One of the main complaints of the Garry Mauro campaign was that the media continually dwelled on his position in the pre-election polls rather than on his proposals for better ways to govern Texas or on whatever failings George W. Bush may have had over the past four years of governing Texas...."

Mystery Train
Light Rail's narrow defeat at the polls has probably spared Capital Metro an assault by legislators in January. But the agency is trying to figure out how to keep rail on track while satisfying Republican legislators who want sales tax returned.
News Story  December 22, 2000, by Mike Clark-Madison
"...After a month of wound-licking following light rail's narrow defeat at the polls, on Dec. 10 the Cap Metro board voted to rebate a quarter of its one-cent sales tax -- the amount the agency had been setting aside for rail, which adds up to more than $30 million annually -- to the communities from whence it came..."

Page Two: Eyes Wide Open
Obama supporters aren't as disillusioned as polls and pundits would have you believe
Columns  January 21, 2011, by Louis Black
"...There are those who try to legislate by poll – but, of course, only when the numbers go their way. Right-wing talking heads constantly bring up polls that show the public differs with Obama's policy..."

Today Is Last Day of Early Voting
Do it now, avoid Election Day crowds
DAILY News  October 31, 2008, by Lee Nichols
"...“It’s perfectly fine for voters to wear costumes to the polls, as long as they do not depict a particular candidate or political party,” DeBeauvoir said. “Also, masks, weapons or simulated weapons are not permitted.”..."

Early voting starts today; take advantage and avoid long Election Day lines
DAILY News  October 20, 2008, by Lee Nichols
"...31. Travis County Clerk Dana DeBeauvoir expects record turnout at the polls this year, and as we noted in the print issue, she is pleading with people to vote early and avoid what could be a tremendous and discouraging crush late on Election Day...."

The Common Law
Get out and vote – questions when you head to the polls
Columns  November 1, 2018, by Luke Ellis and Haley Holt
"...I recently bought a cool shirt to show my support of a candidate I like. Can I wear it to the polls?..."

News Roundup: Reports, Rappers and (Dis)Enfranchisement
Government may or may not be a farce
DAILY News  February 22, 2016, by the News Staff
"...In this week's news roundup: a Texas health official steps down after criticisms for a study that suggests defunding Planned Parenthood might be, surprisingly, bad for family planning; a Grand Jury declines to indict two officers involved in a shooting; several early voting polls have scheduling problems, but hardly anyone is voting anyway; and more ......"

This Annie is of our time, even if we've grown remote from spunky little girls.
Film Review  December 19, 2014, by Kimberley Jones
"...Hannigan (Diaz), whose one lick with fame was as a back-up singer in C+C Music Factory. The Daddy Warbucks character has molted to reveal cell-phone mogul Will Stacks (Foxx); running for mayor, he hopes to get a boost in the polls by taking in Annie for a spell..."

The Daily Hustle: 11/2/10
Closing arguments in bond bout
DAILY News  November 2, 2010, by Wells Dunbar
"...In case you haven't noticed, today is election day. All the Austinites that didn't bother to vote early, but still feel strongly enough to sound off on the transportation bond, will show up at the polls...."

Holder Says California Can't Stop Drug War
Prop 19 debate gets more heated – and less intelligent
DAILY News  October 26, 2010, by Jordan Smith
"...The war of words has reached fever pitch in California's campaign to legalize pot. As E-day nears, polls have the prop on the rocks, the feds are saying they'll stay the course whether it passes or not, and the think tanks are weighing in to suggest whether or not its passage would help tamp down the illegal pot market...."

Early Voting Under Way
Time to cast ballots around the state
DAILY News  October 18, 2010, by Lee Nichols
"...29. In most locations, polls are open 7am-7pm..."

Today Is Election Day
It's time, people. Make your voice heard.
DAILY News  March 4, 2008, by Lee Nichols
"...Here’s a list of essential info for voters, even those who already voted early: • First off, after the polls close, don’t forget to participate in your local precinct convention – held at your precinct polling location (see below) – even if you voted early. This is extremely important if you passionately support one of the Democratic presidential candidates – you’ll be giving up some of your influence over the nomination if you don’t – but Republicans should participate in theirs as well..."

Run-Off Ticker: Every Vote Really Will Matter!
Election news to use at the polls
News Story  December 6, 2018, by Mike Clark-Madison, Michael King, Austin Sanders and Mary Tuma
"...Many Dozens of Voters Storm the Polls: Remember how excited you were to vote in Novem­ber? Remember how good it felt to make your civic voice heard? Those good vibes are but a faint memory now, as early voting turnout for the Dec. 11 run-off has by press time reached a whopping 1.51%, or 10,017 Travis County voters, or enough to fill less than two-thirds of the Frank Erwin Center..."

Election Results: Alter, Hassan, Nitsch Victorious
Run-offs yield few fireworks, three quick victories
DAILY News  December 14, 2016, by Chase Hoffberger
"...Results from Tuesday’s run-off elections seemed destined as soon as early voting figures came in at 7:01pm, one minute after polls closed...."

Point Austin: Thoughts Between Elections
Taking a closer look at the polls and what they mean
News Column  November 13, 2014, by Michael King
"...Turnout will be heavy on the minds of run-off candidates, as the drop-off will be precipitous and unpredictable. In the mayoral race, Mike Martinez will likely have a tougher time getting his people back to the polls than will Steve Adler, who left the first round with a clear but not insurmountable 37-30% lead..."

Letter from Edinburgh
Secession, Scottish style - Texas, it ain't
DAILY News  September 17, 2014, by Akwugo Emejulu and Robert Fisher
"...At stake is the preservation of the United Kingdom. Scots will go to the polls on 18th September 2014 to vote whether Scotland should be an independent country...."

Still Time to Vote!
Hit the bricks for today’s primary runoffs
DAILY News  May 27, 2014, by Michael King
"...If you didn’t manage to early vote last week – and judging from the pathetic numbers thus far, you didn’t – you can still break for lunch or from work this evening and get down to the polls. You might be saving the Dems from nominating a Lyndon LaRouche-ite, or the GOP from …..."

Last Day of Early Voting
Turnout low, strongest in West Lake Hills
DAILY News  May 10, 2011, by Lee Nichols
"...Today (Tuesday, May 10) is the last day of early voting for municipal elections in Texas. Most polls open at 7am and close at 7pm tonight..."

Keffer Targets Craddick
It's Eastland against Midland for the speakership
DAILY News  October 30, 2008, by Richard Whittaker
"..."Within 24 hours of the polls closing after Tuesday's historic election, I predict there will be a new consensus choice for Texas House Speaker," he wrote in a press release. He explains that he spent the last year talking to both Democrat and Republican reps about the future, and it sounds like he thinks he has the votes to take the speaker's seat come January...."

Spears Clarifies Voter ID Position, Points Out Maxey Error
Incumbent accuses challenger of lying
DAILY News  February 15, 2008, by Lee Nichols
"...In a campaign e-mail today, incumbent Travis County Tax Assessor-Collector Nelda Wells Spears accused her Democratic primary challenger, former state Rep. Glen Maxey, of trying to confuse voters about her position on Voter ID requirements. In the e-mail, Spears says Maxey is trying to blur the distinction between the last legislative session's HB 218 (which would have required registered voters to present ID at the polls in addition to their registration card) and HB 626 (which would have required people to present some form of ID at the time of registration, so as to prove their citizenship)...."

Spears Thinks Voter ID Is 'Reasonable'
Democratic voter registrar out of step with her party on issue
DAILY News  February 12, 2008, by Lee Nichols
"...Throughout his campaign to oust Travis County Tax Assessor-Collector Nelda Wells Spears in the Democratic primary, former state Rep. Glen Maxey has criticized the 16-year incumbent – who is also the county voter registrar – for not going to the Legislature to speak out forcefully against so-called voter ID laws, which would force voters to bring a photo ID either when registering to vote or in addition to their voter registration card to the polls..."

Naked City
And Texans hint they might not oppose an income tax after all
News Story  May 21, 2004, by Michael King
"..."The governor will continue to make difficult leadership decisions on issues important to Texans based on principles and not polls." That was the boilerplate issued by Gov. Rick Perry's office in response to the latest edition of the Scripps Howard Texas Poll, which found the governor's approval rating in free fall – just prior to the collapse of the special legislative session of public school finance..."

Election 2004 Updates
The latest electoral happenings in Central Texas, updated daily
News Story  October 29, 2004
"...To political campaigns, getting out the vote is a numbers game: Get enough of your voters to the polls to tip the balance in your favor, and then leaving them alone 'til the next election. But to the small group of teachers and parents gathered at Ridgetop Elementary School Friday afternoon for a nonpartisan GOTV walk led by Austin Interfaith, voting is as much about building a community as it is about getting any particular candidate in office...."

Page Two
Columns  November 17, 1995, by Louis Black
"...Polls is polls. We do three major polls each year: the restaurant poll, the results of which you hold in your hand; the Best of Austin, which appears in August; and, of course, The Austin Chronicle Readers Music Poll, the ballots of which will run in January this year instead of starting in December..."

Live Election Night Results & Updates
The latest from the polls and candidate watch parties
DAILY News  November 6, 2018, by News Staff
"...Well, it's only 15 minutes past the time of polls closing, and while we still await results on the local races, The New York Times is reporting an exceptionally early 18-point lead for Beto O'Rourke in the race for U.S. Senate..."

Letters @ 3AM
Republican stewardship of our government has miserably failed. Polls show that Americans finally realize this, but we don't know if that will translate into votes.
Columns  October 27, 2006, by Michael Ventura
"...Republican stewardship of our government has miserably failed. Polls show that Americans finally realize this, including "weekly churchgoers [who are] about a quarter of all voters..."

Bittersweet Ending
Notes From the Republican Revolution
News Story  November 6, 1998
"...After all, this was the race that was supposed to give the GOP trouble, wasn't it? When Cornyn takes the stage a half-hour later to declare victory, the party cranks up a notch. It is the first sign that Bush's coattails are definitely longer and stronger than the polls had predicted...."

Point Austin: Intentional Ignorance
Voting rights decision fails to acknowledge the obvious
News Column  August 13, 2015, by Michael King
"...So few good decisions come out of the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals – redoubt of capital punishment and bane of women's reproductive rights – that when the judges issue a relatively sane opinion, the reflexive reaction is, "What's the catch?" That was my immediate thought when I learned that the court had rejected (in part) the state's 2011 Voter ID law (aka "SB 14"), which had created a narrow list of "acceptable" identifications for the polls, placing a particular burden on poor and minority Texas voters...."

Inside Out ... Outside In
The growing influence of fringe movements on City Hall reflects either a healthy populism or the implosion of civic engagement
News Story  March 2, 2012, by Josh Rosenblatt
"...Young may be right, but it's also possible such low turnout could instead open the door to an outsider candidate in a way that a race involving an engaged electorate never would. After all, when only 7% of voters are going to the polls, it doesn't take many votes to tilt a race in your favor, the same way it doesn't take too many loud voices to get the attention of council members...."

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