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

Barbara Boyle poses for a portrait after voting at Sugar Lakes Clubhouse on Election Day in Sugar Land. Credit: Pu Ying Huang for The Texas Tribune

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.

A Trump supporter waves a Women for Trump banner for motorists outside the Kingwood Community Center on Election Day. Credit: Briana Vargas for The Texas Tribune

Kevin Rury waves to cars across from the polling station in Schertz early on Election Day morning.

Kevin Rury waves to cars across from the polling station in Schertz early on Election Day morning. Credit: Robin Jerstad for The Texas Tribune

First: A Trump supporter waves a Women for Trump banner for motorists outside the Kingwood Community Center on Election Day. Last: Kevin Rury waves to cars across from the polling station in Schertz early on Election Day morning. Credit: Briana Vargas and Robin Jerstad for The Texas Tribune

Voters wait in line outside Cody Public Library in San Antonio during the evening hours of Election Day.

Voters wait in line outside Cody Public Library in San Antonio during the evening hours of Election Day. Credit: Clint Datchuk for The Texas Tribune

People vote inside the gym at the Metropolitan Multi-Services Center in Houston on Nov. 3, 2020.

People vote inside the gym at the Metropolitan Multi-Services Center in Houston on Nov. 3, 2020. Credit: Michael Stravato for The Texas Tribune

Poll workers get their temperature checked 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. Credit: Michael Stravato for The Texas Tribune

First: People vote inside the gym at the Metropolitan Multi-Services Center in Houston. Last: Poll workers get their temperature checked in Houston. Credit: Michael Stravato for The Texas Tribune

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, 2020.

A voter picks up a copy of the ballot while they wait in line to cast their ballot a polling location in Manor on Election Day. Credit: Jordan Vonderhaar for The Texas Tribune

Voters wait in line to vote at the Austin Central Library, prior to polls opening on Election Day 2020. Nov. 3, 2020.

Voters waited in line to cast their ballots at the Austin Central Library, prior to polls opening on Election Day. Credit: Jordan Vonderhaar for The Texas Tribune

First: A voter picks up a copy of the ballot while waiting in line to cast a ballot at a Manor polling location on Election Day. Last: Voters waited in line to cast their ballots at the Austin Central Library, prior to polls opening on Election Day. Credit: Jordan Vonderhaar for The Texas Tribune

Francisco A. Morua, 95, walks home past campaign signs after casting his vote at the Grandview Senior Center on election day in El Paso on Nov. 3, 2020.

Francisco A. Morua, 95, walks home past campaign signs after casting his vote at the Grandview Senior Center in El Paso. Credit: Joel Angel Juarez for The Texas Tribune

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 the Oak Lawn Branch Library to cast their ballots on Election Day in Dallas. Nov. 3, 2020. Credit: Shelby Tauber for The Texas Tribune

Voters stand in line at Highland Hills 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. Credit: Shelby Tauber for The Texas Tribune

Voters stand in line at the Oak Lawn Branch Library (first) and at Highland Hills Library (last) to cast their ballots on Election Day in Dallas. Credit: Shelby Tauber for The Texas Tribune

Voters waited in line outside the Manor ISD building on Election Day, Nov. 3, 2020.

An election volunteer outside the Manor ISD building on Election Day. Credit: Amna Ijaz/The Texas Tribune

Jack Kennedy, right, sports a Make America Great Again cap while holding a Trump-Pence sign outside of the polling location at University Park United Methodist Church in Dallas on Nov. 3, 2020.

Jack Kennedy, right, sports a Make America Great Again cap while holding a Trump-Pence sign outside of the polling location at University Park United Methodist Church in Dallas on Nov. 3, 2020. Credit: Ben Torres for The Texas Tribune

Non-partisan organization See You at the Polls Texas gives out drinks and snacks to voters at the Acres Homes Multi-Service Center on Election Day in Houston on Nov. 3, 2020.

Non-partisan organization See You at the Polls Texas gives out drinks and snacks to voters at the Acres Homes Multi-Service Center on Election Day in Houston on Nov. 3, 2020. Credit: Annie Mulligan for The Texas Tribune

First: Jack Kennedy, right, sports a Make America Great Again cap while holding a Trump-Pence sign outside of the polling location at University Park United Methodist Church in Dallas. Last: People with the nonpartisan organization See You at the Polls Texas hand out drinks and snacks to voters at the Acres Homes Multi-Service Center in Houston. Credit: Ben Torres and Annie Mulligan for The Texas Tribune

People cast their votes at a polling station located at the El Paso Fire Department Fire Station No. 2 on Election Day in El Paso on Nov. 3, 2020.

Voters turn out to cast their ballots at the El Paso Fire Department Fire Station No. 2 on Election Day. Credit: Joel Angel Juarez for The Texas Tribune

Workers unload sheets of plywood to board up a downtown San Antonio building in the event of civil unrest as a result of the election. Nov. 3, 2020.

Sheets of plywood to board up a downtown San Antonio in the event of civil unrest as a result of the election. Credit: Robin Jerstad for The Texas Tribune

Buildings along the San Antonio Riverwalk are boarded up as a precaution against any civil unrest that may happen as a result of the election. Nov. 3, 2020.

Buildings along the San Antonio Riverwalk are boarded up as a precaution against any civil unrest that may happen as a result of the election. Credit: Robin Jerstad for The Texas Tribune

A worker unloads sheets of plywood to board up a downtown San Antonio building in the event of civil unrest as a result of the election.

A worker unloads sheets of plywood to board up a downtown San Antonio building in the event of civil unrest as a result of the election. Credit: Robin Jerstad for The Texas Tribune

Sheets of plywood are used to board up downtown San Antonio in the event of civil unrest as a result of the election. Credit: Robin Jerstad for The Texas Tribune

Texas National Guard troops at the state capitol on Election Day on Nov. 3, 2020.

Texas National Guard troops stood at the entrances of the state Capitol on Election Day. Credit: Miguel Gutierrez Jr./The Texas Tribune

Supporters engage outside of the Metropolitan Multi-Services Center during Election Day in Houston on Nov. 3, 2020.

Supporters engage outside of the Metropolitan Multi-Services Center during Election Day in Houston on Nov. 3, 2020. Credit: Annie Mulligan for The Texas Tri

Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, center, joins the family of George Floyd in cheering on Biden supporters outside of the Metropolitan Multi-Services Center during Election Day in Houston on Nov. 3, 2020.

Supporters clash outside of the Metropolitan Multi-Services Center during Election Day in Houston on Nov. 3, 2020. Credit: Annie Mulligan for The Texas Tribune

First: Supporters clash outside of the Metropolitan Multi-Services Center during Election Day in Houston on Nov. 3. Last: U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Houston, joins the family of George Floyd outside the Metropolitan Multi-Services Center during Election Day. Credit: Annie Mulligan for The Texas Tribune

A Harris County election worker carries a stack of envelopes containing ballot information at NRG Arena on Nov. 3, 2020, in Houston.

A Harris County election worker carries a stack of envelopes containing ballot information at NRG Arena on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020 in Houston, Texas. Credit: Pu Ying Huang for The Texas Tribune

Harris County election workers wheel in polling materials that contain ballot data at the NRG Arena in Houston on Nov. 3, 2020.

Harris County election workers wheel in polling materials that contain ballot data at the NRG Arena in Houston on Nov. 3, 2020. Credit: Pu Ying Huang for The Texas Tribune

First: A Harris County election worker carries a stack of envelopes containing ballot information at NRG Arena on Nov. 3 in Houston. Last: Harris County election workers wheel in polling materials that contain ballot data. Credit: Pu Ying Huang for The Texas Tribune

Harris County election workers process the election materials dropped off at the NRG Arena in Houston on Nov. 3, 2020.

Harris County election workers process the election materials dropped off at NRG Arena. Credit: Pu Ying Huang for The Texas Tribune