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Barbara Boyle poses for a portrait after voting at Sugar Lakes Clubhouse on Election Day in Sugar Land on Nov. 3, 2020.
Texas 2020 Elections

Masks, lines and clear skies: Photos from Election Day in Texas

Photographers for The Texas Tribune spent Election Day (and much of the night) capturing the experience of casting votes in a pandemic.

After three weeks of early voting marked by remarkable turnout and seesawing legal battles, Election Day in Texas dawned cool and clear all across the state. Poll workers prepared their polling places, candidates ventured out for one last push and voters who hadn’t already cast their ballots went out into the beautiful early November day to make their voices heard.

For some, it was the culmination of months of hard work, made even harder this time by the pandemic: Candidates and their staffs reached out to countless voters virtually or in person, and election officials added extraordinary precautions and protocols to already daunting preparations.

For voters, it was time to have their say. Tribune photographers were out there with them, all day long and into the evening, and here is some of their best work.

A Trump supporter waves a Women for Trump banner for motorists outside the Kingwood Community Center on Election Day.
Kevin Rury waves to cars across from the polling station in Schertz early on Election Day morning.
Voters wait in line outside Cody Public Library in San Antonio during the evening hours of Election Day.
People vote inside the gym at the Metropolitan Multi-Services Center in Houston on Nov. 3, 2020.
Poll workers get their temperature checked at the Metropolitan Multi-Services Center in Houston on Nov. 3, 2020.
A voter picks up a copy of the ballot while they wait in line to vote at a polling location in Manor on Election Day. Nov. 3…
Voters wait in line to vote at the Austin Central Library, prior to polls opening on Election Day 2020. Nov. 3, 2020.
Francisco A. Morua, 95, walks home past campaign signs after casting his vote at the Grandview Senior Center on election day…
Voters stand in line at the Oak Lawn Branch Library to cast their ballots on Election Day in Dallas. Nov. 3, 2020.
Voters stand in line at Highland Hills Library to cast their ballots on Election Day in Dallas. Nov. 3, 2020.
Voters waited in line outside the Manor ISD building on Election Day, Nov. 3, 2020.
Jack Kennedy, right, sports a Make America Great Again cap while holding a Trump-Pence sign outside of the polling location …
Non-partisan organization See You at the Polls Texas gives out drinks and snacks to voters at the Acres Homes Multi-Service …
People cast their votes at a polling station located at the El Paso Fire Department Fire Station No. 2 on Election Day in El…
Workers unload sheets of plywood to board up a downtown San Antonio building in the event of civil unrest as a result of the…
Buildings along the San Antonio Riverwalk are boarded up as a precaution against any civil unrest that may happen as a resul…
A worker unloads sheets of plywood to board up a downtown San Antonio building in the event of civil unrest as a result of t…
Texas National Guard troops at the state capitol on Election Day on Nov. 3, 2020.
Supporters engage outside of the Metropolitan Multi-Services Center during Election Day in Houston on Nov. 3, 2020.
Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, center, joins the family of George Floyd in cheering on Biden supporters outside of the Me…
A Harris County election worker carries a stack of envelopes containing ballot information at NRG Arena on Nov. 3, 2020, in …
Harris County election workers wheel in polling materials that contain ballot data at the NRG Arena in Houston on Nov. 3, 20…
Harris County election workers process the election materials dropped off at the NRG Arena in Houston on Nov. 3, 2020.

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