Early voting starts today

Posted on 24 Oct 2016 at 2:52pm

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As of the morning of Thursday, Oct. 13 — two days after the cutoff to register to vote on Nov. 8 — 15,015,700 Texans were registered to vote, according to Texas Secretary of State Carlos H. Cascos. That is, Cascos said, about 78 percent of Texas’ estimated voting age population of 19,307, 355 people (a population estimate that includes people not eligible to vote, such as non-citizens and convicted felons who have not fully discharged their sentences).

 

And today, those 15-million plus registered voters can start going to the polls for early voting.

When you vote early, you can go to any early voting location in the county in which you are registered to cast your ballot. Be sure to carry your photo ID and your voter registration card with you. But if you don’t have one or either of those items, go anyway. At least cast a provisional ballot.

In Dallas County, polls are open for early voting from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. today through Saturday, Oct. 29; from 1-6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30, and again from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31-Friday, Nov. 4.

Over in Tarrant County, the polls are open from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. today through Friday, Oct. 28; from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 29, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m., and from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31-Friday, Nov. 4.

Live in Collin County? Ellis County? Johnson County? Kaufman County? Rockwall County? Denton County? Wise County? Parker County?

Wherever you live, your early voting locations and times should be posted online. If all else fails, check with the Texas Secretary of State.

And if you choose not to vote early, then vote on Tuesday, Nov. 8. Support your candidate. Vote your conscience. Vote.

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The line at the Grauwyler Recreation Center polling location went out the door and around the building on Monday morning, Oct. 24, the first day to vote early in Dallas County. (Chad Mantooth/Dallas Voice)

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