New voting centers aim to ease Election Day stress
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Starting Nov. 8, registered Travis County voters won’t have to worry about making it to the right polling booth on Election Day.
The county will debut 187 new neighborhood voting centers this election cycle. Local voters can use any of the locations to cast their ballot.
The centers are in most of the same precinct locations as before, but are open to everyone.
"The idea is we want to reach out to the marginal voter who wants to vote, but misses the chance to vote on Election Day and ends up at a precinct that's not the correct one, and thought they were in the right place," Travis County Clerk Dana DeBeauvoir said.
DeBeauvoir says if this trial run works well, the voting centers will be back for the 2012 presidential election when voter turnout is likely to be higher.
"It's going to be convenient for everybody. You won't have to go where you're supposed to go. You can give whatever you need to give and be accepted and counted," Travis County voter Anastacia Williams said.
Early voting for the November constitutional amendment election ends Friday.
On Election Day, voting centers are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Click here to find out which location works best for you.