AUSTIN (KXAN) - Finding time to research, study and figure out what national and local issues you agree and disagree with can take time.
For some Travis County voters, deciphering what's on the ballot is the hardest part.
In 2008, 153,000 people turned out to vote in the first week, this year, just more than 117,000.
"We have a little bit longer ballot this time and voters need about one minute more to vote," said Travis County Clerk, Dana DeBeauvior.
That's because this year, Travis County has quite a few more items on the roster -- with the bond election including the debated proposition 1.
Workers at polling sites said many voters didn't realize how much was on this ballot and decided to take a sample copy of the ballot home to study the issues.
When you go in to vote, you are allowed to bring any notes you may have but no electronic devices are allowed.
There are 23 early voting locations in Travis County and they're all open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Last day to vote early is Friday, Nov. 2.
"There is going to be chance of lines on election day, so we really do encourage people to come out and vote early," said DeBeauvior. "We've seen 120,000 people come out and vote early."
More then 300,000 people in Travis County are expected to cast their vote in this years election.
For a list of polling locations visit: Travis County Early Voting
You can also dial 238-vote for the nearest location.
The freezing and near-freezing rain that swooped into Central Texas overnight prompted numerous school closings and delays and made for a harrowing morning commute on Friday.
A man is charged with murder in the shooting death Wednesday of a woman at a North Austin auto repair shop, police said Friday.
A man is expected to survive after being stabbed in the head at the Salvation Army shelter in Downtown Austin at about 3:45 a.m. Friday.
As the Austin area prepares itself for an impending winter storm on Friday, Dec. 6, many schools have already announced delays.
With freezing temperatures pushing through the region, heating systems will likely be working overtime, which can bring rising energy bills.
Investigators are looking into an overnight fire that left one woman with third-degree burns.