AUSTIN (KXAN) — Central Texans have a number of local bonds and propositions to consider on Tuesday’s election day, as well as constitutional amendments to approve.
Elgin ISD‘s Prop. A, which asks for $171.7 million to build new campuses and complete district-wide renovations, is projected to pass, as is its Prop. C. That proposition introduces a new, multi-purpose recreational and extracurricular facility. Prop. B is projected to fail, so the district will not move forward with $7.24 million upgrades to Wildcat Stadium.
Lake Travis ISD’s Prop. A is expected to pass as well, with voters approving a raise in the tax rate in order to retain $3 million locally and increase the Maintenance and Operations tax rate by $0.02.
Pflugerville voters were asked to approve paying taxes to become part of Emergency Services District No. 17, which would provide ambulances for Pflugerville and its extraterritorial jurisdiction, however, all four propositions are projected to fail.
West Lake Hills voters are projected to pass Prop. A, which issues bonds for a new $13.2 million municipal complex, which will include a new administration building, city hall council chambers and a police department.
Georgetown ISD‘s Prop. A and B are projected to pass, but Prop. C and E are likely to fail. Prop. A focused on school construction and renovation, while Prop. B provides technology improvements. Prop. C asked for $7.3 million to renovate the interior finishes at the Klett Performing Arts Center and Prop. E asked for $850,000 for renovations to the tennis courts at Georgetown High School.
Buda’s Prop. B, which will provide $16.09 million in funding for parks and recreation projects, is projected to pass.
Texans are projected to pass two changes to the state constitution that were proposed in response to pandemic restrictions. Proposition 3 bans state and local officials from enacting occupancy limits on religious services or outright prohibiting them altogether, even during a natural disaster or pandemic. Proposition 6 allows certain residents of homes and centers to choose one person to serve as their caregiver and receive in-person visitation privileges.
Georgetown ISD’s Proposition D is projected to fail. It asked for $23.6 million for a district swim facility. Of the 64% of votes reported, 60.37% of voters were against the proposition.
Over in Buda, voters are projected to pass Proposition A, which is a $73.57 million bond — the projected cost for 14 transportation projects.
KXAN is projecting Proposition A will fail, with 67.3% voting against the measure of the 59% of votes that have been reported.
Travis County Clerk’s Office says some locations are still processing voters, one hour and 25 minutes after polls closed.
MANOR: Christopher Harvey is the projected winner for mayor, with 74.3% of the vote and 55% reporting.
Austin’s Prop. B is projected to pass after early voting showed 73.38% of voters voted to approve it. It allows the City of Austin to trade nine acres of parkland on South Lakeshore Boulevard to a bidder offering it at least 48 acres of land on the water.
Early voting results show a strong “no” vote for Prop A. Early voting results released at 7 p.m. Tuesday reported just over 80,000 early votes were cast on the proposition. Of early votes cast, 67.17% of voters voted against the measure to increase APD funding, compared to 32.83% who voted for the initiative.
Election Day turnout has surpassed early voting turnout in Williamson County, the county reports. As of 6:47 p.m. Tuesday, 22,990 votes were counted. During early voting, 22,910 were cast.
Just before 6 p.m., some Georgetown voters at the Williamson County Inner Loop Annex poll location told KXAN they went to another polling spot because of the hour-long wait there.
Around 5:40 p.m., more than 67,000 people had voted in person in Travis County on Election Day, according to the Travis County Clerk.
As of 4 p.m. Tuesday, over 53,000 people have voted in person on Election Day, the Travis County Clerk’s Office reports.
The office says 95,230 people voted in person during early voting, and 5,637 people voted by mail: a total of 100,632 early votes.
Poll workers at Austin Oaks Church say the line of voters has been steady all day. Travis County Clerk Dana DeBeauvoir tweeted a little after 2 p.m. that more than 40,000 people had voted on Tuesday in person so far.
In Williamson County so far, a little less than 14,000 voters have showed up in person on Tuesday.
Several Williamson County polling locations were “running low” on ballots, officials confirmed with KXAN. Elections officials said staff members were getting more ballots out to those sites, and that regular voting activity should continue. One voter emailed KXAN advising the Brushy Creek Recreation Center had run out of ballots, but county officials said that wasn’t the case and that particular voting location has been restocked.
Wait times for all Williamson County voting locations, with the exception of Rouse High School in Leander, are under 20 minutes. The wait times at Rouse, listed at more than 46 minutes, haven’t been updated in more than 90 minutes on the county’s map.
As of 10 a.m., there aren’t very many lines at all outside polling places around Austin. The wait time map shows three places, all in north Austin, that have wait times between 21-50 minutes. All of the other 137 voting locations in the county have a wait time of under 15 minutes.
Election day polls have opened. As of Friday, less than 12% of registered voters had cast their ballots. You have until 7 p.m. to get in line at a polling location to vote.
Visit your local county elections website to get more details on what’s on the ballot and to check on wait times at polling locations.