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The heavily Democratic and rapidly growing Travis County doesn’t have much in common with its neighbor about 80 miles to the northwest, the conservative and largely rural Lampasas County.

But other than both being predominantly white, the counties have another glaring similarity: They have some of the state’s highest percentages of schoolchildren with exemptions from state vaccination laws. At 5 percent, Lampasas County has the state’s highest rate, with 182 exempted students. And at 1.75 percent, Travis County has the highest among the state’s five most populous counties, with just over 2,900 exempted students…

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