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Voter Registration Around Austin Smashed Records. That May Be a Problem.

People wait in line to vote at a polling location in Austin, Texas, on Nov. 8, 2016. (Jay Janner/Austin American-Statesman via AP)

Travis County, Texas — the home of Austin — has experienced a massive spike in voter registrations this cycle, which officials there attribute to the heightened interest in the state’s competitive Senate race. The county received around 35,000 registrations on the final day to submit them — that’s 10,000 more than on the same day in 2016.

While the increase in voter participation is good news, the recent surge is complicated by the fact that the registrations were submitted on paper. Texas is one of only 13 states not to have online voter registration. About a dozen county employees are now sifting through thousands of applications, verifying them and entering them into the state’s voter rolls by hand.

Arrest Throws Texas Voter Registration Dispute Into Further Confusion

A campaign staffer for a Texas Democratic congressional candidate was briefly arrested at the Waller County Courthouse after delivering a letter demanding that the county address problems with the voter registration status of students at Prairie View A&M, a local, historically black university.

Confusion for Prairie View A&M Students on the Last Day for Voter Registration

Days before the voter registration deadline in Texas, Waller County realized half of registered students at Prairie View A&M, a local, historically black university, were being sent to the wrong polling place.

Austin Poll Worker Confusion Leads to Extra Delays for Some Voters

Electionland partner Reporting Texas says voters at a polling station were improperly delayed from voting and asked to cast a provisional ballot.

Houston Voters Hit Early Roadblocks

Electionland partner The Houston Chronicle reports on a variety of Election Day problems in the Houston area Tuesday morning, including broken voting machines and confusion over Texas' voter ID law.

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