Camping ban passes, no strong mayor for Austin, changes to elections coming

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — Saturday is election day for many local communities in Central Texas.

10:40 p.m.

KXAN is projecting Austin Prop. E will pass, while Prop. G and Prop. H will fail.

Proposition E would allow voters to pick their top candidate and rank up to five others on their ballot. If a top-picked candidate doesn’t get enough votes, it defaults to the voter’s second choice.  This proposition avoids runoff elections because the candidate with the most voter support wins. There is a question about whether this proposition is legal under Texas law, but, if passed, Austin would be ready as soon as Texas allows it.

Voters decided to not add another geographic City Council district with Prop. G, that would have resulted in 11 council members elected from single-member districts.

Prop. H would have given voters $25 “Democracy Dollar” vouchers to donate to the candidate of their choice. These vouchers would have been taxpayer-funded.

10:22 p.m.

Austin Prop. B is projected to pass, meaning a camping ban would go into effect. However, Austin Mayor Steve Adler says enforcement will take some time and the city manager will work to roll it out.

Austin Prop. C is also expected to pass. It will allow the city council to appoint and remove a director of police oversight as outlined by future ordinance. The director will be responsible for ensuring police transparency and accountability. Currently, the city manager appoints the director.

10:16 p.m.

All of Liberty Hill ISD’s propositions have passed, with bonds totaling $491.7 million.

Voters in Leander chose City Councilwoman Christine Sederquist over incumbent Mayor Troy Hill in this year’s Leander mayoral race.

9:48 p.m.

KXAN is projecting Austin’s Prop. A and Prop. D will pass.

Prop. A allows a neutral third party come in if the firefighters union and city can’t reach an agreement on issues like hiring, promotion, discipline, pay wages and working conditions. 

Proposition D aims will change the date of mayoral elections to presidential election years. Currently, election for Austin’s mayor happen every four years, when Texans elect a governor. Now, there would be one more midterm mayoral election in 2022, but the winner would be up for reelection just two years later.

9:40 p.m.

Georgetown’s Prop A is projected to pass, with 68% of voters supporting a $90 million mobility bond.

Hays CISD voters passed half of the propositions in a bond package, putting money toward a new elementary school and technology, but shutting down improvements for the stadium and administration building.

Propositions A and B for Liberty Hill ISD are projected to pass, with 68% voting for Prop A, and 69% voting for Prop B, with 68% of the votes in. There are no projections yet for Propositions C and D.

8:46 p.m.

Prop. A and B for Jarrell ISD projected to PASS, allowing for millions of dollars in improvements to the stadium, bus needs and more.

8 p.m.

The co-founder of Save Austin Now, which put the Austin Proposition B camping ban on the ballot, was with KXAN Live as early voting results came in showing a strong support for the measure.

Nico Ramsey with Austin for All People, which opposes the change to a strong mayor system, also shared analysis as KXAN expects Proposition F to fail.

Watch the full hour-long analysis of early voting numbers here:

7:45 p.m.

KXAN is projecting Jarrell ISD Proposition A will pass based on early results, with 75% of voters being for the proposition with 79% of the votes in. It would address school facility, infrastructure, land acquisition and buses with an ask of more than $111 million. 

7:35 p.m.

KXAN is projecting Proposition F will fail, meaning Austin would keep its current form of government and won’t switch to a “strong mayor” system.

7:26 p.m.

Results from early voting have come in, showing a strong support for Proposition B, which would re-institute a camping ban in Austin. With more than half of the results tallied, 63% have voted for it and 37% voted against it.

  • Vote No on Prop B watch party underway as early voting results start to come in (KXAN Photo/Tim Holcomb)
  • Vote No on Prop B watch party underway as early voting results start to come in (KXAN Photo/Tim Holcomb)

Another major topic on the ballot is whether Austin will switch to a strong mayor system of government. Right now Prop F has 86% against and 13% for it, with just over 50% of the vote counted.

5:15 p.m.

As of 5 p.m. the Travis County Clerk says 56,000 people have voted so far on Saturday. The polls will close in a little less than two hours. Anyone still in line by 7 p.m. will be able to vote.

1:45 p.m.

As of 1:45 p.m. Saturday, nearly 38,000 people cast ballots so far, according to the Travis County Clerk’s office.

Early voting totals indicate that 103,832 cumulative voters who participated in early voting from April 18 to 27.

1:04 p.m.

11:50 a.m.

Voting lines at the Baker Center in Hyde Park on Saturday morning.

9 a.m.

On Saturday morning, several local officials, advocates and University of Texas students met at UT Austin for a rally against Prop B. Called, “Homes Not Handcuffs,” the event featured appearances by Austin Mayor Steve Adler, Mayor Pro Tem Natasha Harper-Madison, City Council member Greg Casar, and others.

Prop B would reinstate Austin’s public camping ban: criminalizing and penalizing people for sitting or lying on public sidewalks and/or sleeping outdoors in and near downtown Austin and the University of Texas.

7:30 a.m.

Over 2,500 people voted in the first 30 minutes “in the rain,” Travis County Clerk Dana DeBeauvoir told KXAN’s Avery Travis Saturday morning. DeBeauvoir said that while early voting turnout was lower than expected, it picked up due to the emotional nature of some of the items.

“I think voters wanted to make sure they understood the proper way to vote, the correct choice they wanted to make, and it took them a little while,” said DeBeauvoir.

7 a.m.

Polling locations are officially open through 7 p.m.

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