News Notes: Travis County voters set record in early voting turnout, other stories to know


AUSTIN (KXAN) — After three days of in-person early voting, voters in Travis County are setting a record in terms of turnout.

On Thursday nearly 40,000 people voted, surpassing the turnout for the two previous days. Travis County reported that more than 16% of registered voters have now cast a ballot.

In a video lasting less than five minutes, Will DuPree shares those numbers as well as discusses these stories in the latest KXAN Live News Notes:

  • A state court is blocking Gov. Greg Abbott’s order limiting counties to only one drop-off location for mail-in ballots, citing an increase in risk of COVID-19 exposure and burdening voters.
  • The governor announced Friday morning that the state is sending additional resources to Lubbock and Amarillo after an increase in hospitalizations from COVID-19.
  • More than 8 million Americans have now been infected with the coronavirus during the past eight months, according to NBC News.
  • A teenager in Austin is now one of the first girls in central Texas to earn the rank of Eagle Scout.

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