Early voting starts today in a runoff for a seat on Austins City Council. Elections were last month, but in the Place Three seat, challenger Kathie Tovo was three percentage points shy of the simple majority needed to oust incumbent Randi Shade. Now its headed to a runoff vote , a process notoriously ignored by voters. The last runoff had a whopping five percent turnout. If you are one of those 95 percent of Austinites asking yourself, Why should I care? here are five reasons: 1.