West Lake Hills residents may cast two ballots as city runs own election

West Lake Hills residents who want to vote for the city’s next mayor this spring will have to take a trip to City Hall and cast a standalone paper ballot. 

The city’s election this May is being held separately from other local municipal elections, such as the Eanes school board races, for the first time in years because of a legal back-and-forth over the mayor’s race. 

In a normal year, most cities, school districts and other entities within Travis County pay the county to run their elections to save money. Smaller municipalities split the cost of the county’s election operation and voters cast one ballot to vote in all the races they are eligible for at one time. 

However, this year it was not clear if West Lake Hills would have any contested races until after the county ballots were programmed on March 14. Both City Council races in West Lake Hills this spring are uncontested and the mayor’s race was tied up in court until March 18. 

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