AUSTIN (Talk1370.com) -- Despite the coronavirus pandemic, Travis County has reached a new record in voter registrations.
Travis County voter registrar Bruce Elfant announced Tuesday that 97 percent of the county's eligible voters - more than 850,000 - are registered to vote in the November 3 election. According to elections records, just over 732,000 voters were registered for the November 2016 election.
"This number even exceeds my expectations," Elfant said. "To everyone who registered to vote, thank you. To our civic army of volunteers who registered voters, thank you. To my voter registration staff, thank you."
Elfant said the tax office's contactless voter registration program, Text2Register, was used by more than 4,700 county residents.
Now the effort turns to getting those who are registered out to vote, Elfant said. Just over 65 percent of registered Travis County voters cast a ballot in 2016, while just over 61 percent cast a ballot in the 2018 mid-term election.
"We are all hoping that this election is different and we not only have a record number of registrations but a record number of voters casting ballots," Elfant said.
Details on voting locations and more for Travis County residents can be found at www.VoteTravis.com.