Travis County commissioners are extending early voting hours and increasing pay for poll workers

The extension means early voting hours on Saturday October 29 and Friday November 4 will be extended to 9pm at five mega polling sites.

TRAVIS COUNTY, Texas — Travis County residents will have two more days to vote during the early voting period this November.

That Travis County Commissioners Court extended early voting hours at five locations ahead of the Nov. 8 election.

The extension means the early voting hours on Saturday 29 October and Friday 4 November will be extended to 9pm. The change applies to five mega locations in Travis County, including:

  • Austin Permitting and Development, Location 6310 Wilhelmina Delco Drive
  • PACE Campus Gym, located at 700 W Pecan St.
  • Southpark Meadows, 500 St. is located at 9600 S IH-35
  • Millennium Youth Complex, located at 1156 Hargrave St.
  • Ben Hur Shrine Center, located at 7811 Rockwood Lane

All other early voting days remain from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Early voting for the November 8th election begins Monday October 24th and ends Friday November 4th.

“Today, on Travis County’s National Voter Registration Day, we are doing everything we can to improve access to safe voting for Travis County residents.” Travis County Judge Andy Brown said in a press release. “As a result, the Commissioners Court extended our early voting hours by two days and raised the minimum wage for poll workers to $20 an hour.”

In addition, the minimum wage for campaign workers was raised to $20 an hour.

“In Travis County, people should be able to vote when and how it works for them,” Brown said. “We stand with our essential workers to ensure our democracy works for all.”

Corresponding district documentsthe extension was made on the recommendation of Travis County Secretary Rebecca Guerrero. The memo says that historically, voter turnout increases as the early voting deadline progresses, resulting in the last day of early voting having the highest turnout rate.

Extended early voting times were also offered for the primaries in November 2020 and 2022.

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