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, 7am-7pm

Ballot By Mail

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.

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 on Election Day, Tue., Nov. 3, 7am-7pm.

If you wish to mail in your ballot, mail it to:

Dana DeBeauvoir
Travis County Clerk – Elections Division
PO Box 149325
Austin, TX 78714-9325

If you applied for a ballot but have decided to vote in person instead, here are the steps you’ll need to take to vote: If you already received a ballot, you may bring it to a polling location to surrender it to a voting clerk. There, you'll sign a form requesting cancellation of the ballot by mail and then vote normally at the polls. If you don't bring the mail ballot, you'll have to sign an affidavit saying you didn't mark and mail in the ballot; you'll then vote provisionally.

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.

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Dec. 17, 2020

Hey, at Least Trump Lost!
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Nov. 12, 2020

Opinion: Progressive Policies Are Popular. That’s Why Austin Saw Big Wins on Election Night.
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Nov. 12, 2020

Will the GOP Return to City Hall?
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Right-leaning challengers aim to unseat CMs in run-offs

Nov. 12, 2020

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Nov. 12, 2020

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Nov. 12, 2020

Coming Out of the Ashes
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Nov. 5, 2020

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Bluenami proves illusory in Texas stalemate

Nov. 5, 2020

Westside City Council Races Go to Polarized Run-Offs
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Districts 6 and 10 head to another race

Nov. 5, 2020

Vanessa Fuentes Mounts a Surprising Landslide in District 2
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Meanwhile Pool and Casar hold their seats at Council

Nov. 5, 2020

Austin Freshmen Survive in Unflipped House as the County Sees a Dem Landslide
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Nov. 5, 2020

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Nov. 5, 2020

AISD Trustee Election Sees Highest Turnout Ever
AISD Trustee Election Sees Highest Turnout Ever
Zapata, Foster to join board; two races set for run-off

Nov. 5, 2020

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Law and disorder

Nov. 5, 2020

Opinion: Let Go of Identity Politics and Vote
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Turning Texas blue won't turn it into California

Oct. 29, 2020

Election Ticker: Are We There Yet?
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Oct. 29, 2020

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Oct. 29, 2020

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Oct. 22, 2020

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Oct. 22, 2020

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Oct. 22, 2020

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

Oct. 15, 2020

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Oct. 15, 2020

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Oct. 15, 2020

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

Oct. 15, 2020

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Oct. 8, 2020

City Council District 7: Land-Use Politics Take Center Stage
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Oct. 8, 2020

Austin at Large: The Costly Pastime of Politics
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Oct. 8, 2020

Lawsuits Flying as Abbott Curbs Ballot Boxes
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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

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Oct. 1, 2020

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Oct. 1, 2020

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Oct. 1, 2020

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Oct. 1, 2020

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Oct. 1, 2020

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Oct. 1, 2020

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Sept. 24, 2020

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Sept. 24, 2020

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Sept. 24, 2020

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Sept. 24, 2020

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Sept. 17, 2020

AISD First-Day Jitters
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Sept. 17, 2020

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Sept. 17, 2020

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Sept. 3, 2020

November 2020 Election
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Sept. 3, 2020

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Sept. 3, 2020

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

Sept. 3, 2020

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Sept. 3, 2020

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Sept. 3, 2020

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Aug. 27, 2020

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Aug. 27, 2020

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Aug. 27, 2020

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Aug. 20, 2020

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City's big plan is nearing the station

July 30, 2020

Eddie Rodriguez Concedes Senate Race to Sarah Eckhardt
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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
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July 2, 2020

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June 11, 2020

November 2020 Election
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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

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April 7, 2020

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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
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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
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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

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