May the turnout be lower than last year

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Voter turnout in Travis County in May was 11.3% lower than last year. More than 97,000 voters cast their votes in May for a turnout of 11.27%, according to unofficial results.

This included 37,523 voters on Election Day, 48,720 early voters and 11,082 mailed ballots.

May’s voting items included city council races, bond elections and an Austin proposal to end arrests for low-level marijuana violations and ban no-knock warrants.

The turnout was 22.57% in 2021. This vote included the proposal for a public camping ban, which contributed to the high turnout.

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Turnout was also lower from 2021 in Williamson County, unofficial results show. Totals fell more than 2% to 10.62% in 2022. However, turnout rose more than 3% this year in Hays County to 9.83%.

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A first for state proposals

Voters widely approved two statewide property tax proposals — the first time constitutional amendments were passed in an even-year May election. These changes are intended to provide tax relief for Texans.

Preliminary constitutional amendment by the state Elections were held in May in odd-numbered years. The last voter-approved amendment to a May election was in 2007, which also related to property taxes, according to the Legislative Reference Library of Texas. Previously, three amendments failed in the May 1993 vote, one of four amendments passed in the May 1971 vote and one of five proposals passed in 1919.

Check out the May election results from across the Austin metro here.

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