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Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon / KUT

The voter ID law caused a lot of confusion at the polls during this year’s election. There were even lawsuits filed, but the fight over voter ID was already sure to stay alive in the courts.

In fact, the seemingly endless battle over the Texas voter ID law might get more complicated.

Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon / KUT

President-elect Donald Trump told "60 Minutes" in an interview this weekend that he plans to immediately deport roughly two to three million undocumented immigrants upon taking office. That announcement is something many immigrants here in Austin have been fearing since election night.

On Sunday morning, hundreds of people gathered at City Hall to show support for the city’s immigrant community, where city lawmakers also pledged local support. 

Stephanie Tacy for KUT

Protesters have been marching in major cities across the U.S.  –including here in Austin – in opposition to Donald Trump’s election on Tuesday.

On Wednesday, protesters in Austin rallied at UT Austin and then marched down to the Texas State Capitol.

Here's what some of them had to say.


Miguel Gutierrez Jr. / KUT

Republicans in Texas and across the United States had a great night last night. In Texas, though, the margin of victory for Donald Trump was narrower than it’s been for Republicans in 20 years. 


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Donald Trump has been elected the 45th president of the United States, the capstone of a tumultuous and divisive campaign that won over white voters with the promise to "Make America Great Again."

Trump crossed the 270 electoral vote threshold at 2:31 a.m. ET with a victory in Wisconsin, according to Associated Press projections.

Hillary Clinton called Trump early this morning to concede the election, but did not make any public statement. She's scheduled to speak this morning in New York.

Watch a livestream of that speech below, courtesy CBS.

Jorge Sanhueza Lyon / KUT

Travis County voters are deciding the races for district attorney and sheriff tonight. KUT and the Austin Monitor will be updating this post with all the latest on the returns. 

11:46 p.m. – With 86 percent of Election Day votes in, the race for Precinct 3's seat on the Travis County Commissioners Court is still too close to call, but incumbent Gerald Daugherty still holds a slim lead over David Holmes; Daugherty's got 51.49 percent lead over Holmes' 48.5 percent – with a little over 4,300 votes separating the two. 

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As election results come in across the country, NPR reporters will be updating this breaking news blog in real time.

The NPR Politics team, along with member station reporters, will be providing live updates in the form of photo, video, commentary and analysis for both national and local contested races.

Veronica Zaragovia for KUT

While all eyes are on the national race, there are plenty of races worth watching here in Texas. Statewide, there's only one non-judicial race on Texas ballots – an open spot on the Railroad Commission of Texas. (You can read more on that race here). Additionally, there are six congressional seats open and six spots in the Texas House up for grabs.

Gabriel Cristóver Pérez / KUT

It's Election Day. Voters headed to the polls in record numbers in Travis County and across Texas. 

To capture some of the Election Day catharsis, we decided to ask some voters about their experience, what issues were most important to them on the ballot and how they feel at the end of this long election cycle.

North Austin resident Bianca Reynolds cast her vote at the Austin Community College Highland Mall campus. 

She said she voted with her 7-year-old daughter in mind, her top priorities being the education system and continued access to health insurance through the Affordable Care Act.  


Miguel Gutierrez Jr./KUT News

More than 50 percent of registered voters in both Travis and Williamson counties have already cast ballots during early voting. If you weren't among them, now is your chance to make your voice heard.

Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday. 

Before you head out, here are a few things you might want to do.

This Election Day, we’re teaming up with ProPublica, a non-profit investigative news organization to collect the stories of voters. So, if you’ve voted or plan to vote in Texas, we want to hear your story.

Miguel Gutierrez Jr. /KUT News

Travis County showed up to vote early in record numbers over the past twelve days, both in raw number of voters and the percentage of registered voters casting ballots.

Bob Daemmrich/Texas Tribune

From the Texas Tribune:

Five Texas counties rank among the top 10 nationwide for closing the greatest percentage of their polling places since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a portion of the Voting Rights Act in 2013, according to a new report released less than a week before Election Day. 

Ilana Panich-Linsman/KUT

Early voting locations in Travis County are now open between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. until Friday, Nov. 4 (hours vary for mobile voting sites). Before you go, there are a few things you should do.

Gabriel Cristóver Pérez / KUT

Since early voting started last week, there’s been some confusion about the Texas voter ID law.

This summer, a court ordered the state to change the law and then spend $2.5 million educating voters about those changes. But, voting rights groups say that last part hasn’t gone so well, and some experts say the language used to communicate those changes could be part of the problem.

Todd Wiseman/Texas Tribune

From the Texas Tribune: A since-deleted tweet sent from Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller's account on Tuesday used an obscene term to describe Hillary Clinton, the Democratic presidential nominee.

Emily Albracht/Texas Tribune

From the Texas Tribune: Likely Republican voters in Texas have overwhelmingly negative opinions of the Black Lives Matter movement, while a majority of Democratic voters views the movement favorably, according to the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll.

It’s a sharp division: 89 percent of Republicans have unfavorable views of Black Lives Matter, including 80 percent who said their opinion is “very unfavorable.”

Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon / KUT

The state’s top election official says he’s doing all he can to make sure counties are following a court order regarding the state’s voter ID law.

Marjorie Kamys Cotera/Bob Daemmrich for The Texas Tribune

From the Texas Tribune: Late this summer, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry strongly encouraged U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul to challenge U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz's re-election bid in 2018, according to GOP sources. 

Last week we launched TXDecides, our collaborative project with public radio newsrooms across the state. The goal was simple: Answer Texas voters' questions ahead of Election Day. Y'all had lots of questions. So many, in fact, that we had to pare down the questions to a scant five.

Luckily, we culled some of the remaining questions and decided to answer them as best we could. 

Since 1972, Texas has had a lower voter turnout rate than the national rate for presidential elections.

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