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Look for construction on the way to polls

Voters heading out to various precincts in Austin for the Primary Election on Tuesday might want to make sure their route to the voting booth is clear. Some construction around town has changed how people will get to the polling locations.

Southgate Elementary School

With renovations being done to the school, voters will not be able to enter the building on the north end as they have in the past. Voters may use the parking lot on the south side of the school, entering off of 21st Avenue Southwest. Use door No. 7 to enter the building.

Ellis Middle School

Because of construction for an intermediate school just east of Ellis Middle School, voters using the Ellis polls will have to make adjustments. Voters will not be able to enter the building using the east doors, as in the past. They should drive to the west side of the school and go to the back parking lot, on the southeast corner of the school. Then voters may enter the gym doors right off the parking lot.


Banfield Elementary School

Banfield was going to be another tricky polling spot to get to, but the streets around the school will open Monday. Crews had been working on a street, water and storm sewer construction project. Now voters may enter the building the way they have in the past. There will be signs inside to direct voters to the polls.

There have been few construction issues conflicting with past primary elections, said Austin City Clerk Lucy Johnson.

That's because the primary used to be in September, a point by which construction was finished for the year and school back in session.

With the primaries moved up to August, street and building construction will be ongoing issues, Johnson said.

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