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What you need to know as early voting begins in the Dec. 13 runoffs


We haven’t seen the last of the 2016 elections.

Early voting begins Thursday and runs through Dec. 9 for the Dec. 13 runoff, featuring several local races in which no one won a majority of the vote Nov. 8. What you need to know about the year’s final election:

What’s on the ballot: Most Central Texas voters get to pick two board members for Austin Community College: Michael J. Lewis and Sean Hassan are competing for the Place 4 seat, while Guadalupe “Lupe” Sosa and Julie Ann Nitsch are vying for the remaining term in Place 9.

West Austin residents have a City Council contest in District 10 with incumbent Sheri Gallo facing challenger Alison Alter.

San Marcos has a busy ballot with runoffs for mayor (Ruben Becerra vs. John Thomaides) and two City Council seats (Saul Gonzales vs. Shane Scott in Place 2; Jason Dalton Montgomery vs. Ed Mihalkanin for the remaining term in Place 3). Buda residents will pick between Lee Urbanovsky and John Hatch for the Place 1 seat on their City Council.

Where do I vote? Check with your county’s elections office, because the hours and locations may have changed since the general election. Travis County, for instance, had 30 early voting sites for the general election but will have 18 early voting sites for the runoff. Find details at votetravis.com; wilco.org/Elections; and bastropvotes.org. In Hays County, visit bit.ly/2gzjuJm for San Marcos locations and bit.ly/2gzhb9k for Buda locations.

What might the turnout be? No one expects the lines we saw in the runup to the Nov. 8 election, with the presidential race and other high-profile contests. For this runoff, the Travis County Clerk’s Office expects 7 to 9 percent turnout — a fraction of the 65 percent turnout the county saw in the general election.


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