My wife and I voted early last week, something we usually don’t do. In fact, I might have voted early once, though I can’t remember for sure. In Austin, I usually found that the early voting places were more crowded than on Election Day, which happens on November 3rd.
However, given the pandemic and the more than usual uncertainty this year, we decided on early voting. A website showed how crowded each location was, and we picked a community center in north-central Austin. There were a dozen people ahead of us, but the line moved swiftly, and we waited only about 10 minutes.
The process was smooth. The only difference from the usual? They gave us all finger condoms so that we can safely use the touchscreen registration and voting systems. The new voting machines are all touch-controlled but print your choices on a long paper card, which then gets scanned into another machine. Seems like a reasonable system that allows modern touch-based voting but still prints a physical paper trail, just in case.
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