Today is Election Today. It’s your last chance to influence the Democratic or Republican primaries.
While it may be a presidential election year, there are contested elections for an open seat on the Texas Railroad Commission, Congress, the state Supreme Court, the Texas Legislature and more.
Texas has an open primary system, meaning you may vote in the Democrat or Republican primaries.
In solidly red counties like Collin, Denton and Tarrant, voting still matters in either primary. Just like how voting in solidly blue counties like Dallas or Travis still matters! You’re still influencing outcomes in contested primaries. You’re electing precinct chairs for both parties.
Here’s my quick guide to help you through the process:
1) Are unsure who is on the ballot? Do you even know what a primary election is? THAT’S OKAY! Because as long as you get in line by 7 p.m. at your polling place you are able to vote.
I trust the League and respect its process. Why? Because the League reaches out to all candidates running for a state level office requesting they respond to questions that include basic background information and important issues in the state. Those answers are compiled in the candidates’ own words in the voters guide.
Candidates who responded after the print deadline are not in the print or website version, but are available at VOTE411.
2) Now you know who to vote for. Here’s what you need to vote, per the Texas Secretary of State’s VoteTexas.gov, Texas voters are required to present one of seven types of photo identification to be eligible to vote.
The seven forms of identification permitted are:
- Texas driver license—unexpired or expired no longer than 60 days at the time of voting
- Texas personal identification card—unexpired or expired no longer than 60 days at the time of voting
- Texas concealed handgun license—unexpired or expired no longer than 60 days at the time of voting
- U.S. passport book or card—unexpired or expired no longer than 60 days at the time of voting
- U.S. Military identification with photo—unexpired or expired no longer than 60 days at the time of voting
- U.S. Citizenship Certificate or Certificate of Naturalization with photo
- Election Identification Certificate (E.I.C.)
According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, if you do not have one of the first six forms of identification only then may you apply for the E.I.C. at no charge. (Getting to a D.P.S. location and standing in line is a whole different story, however.)
Learn more about the getting an E.I.C. here.
3) Now, hold on. Want to participate in the Green, Libertarian or other third party elections? Then don’t vote in the Democratic or Republican primaries, said Brook Bailey, chair of the Tarrant County Libertarian Party.
“They should instead make plans to attend precinct, county, district, state and national conventions,” Bailey said.
4) Need more information? Check it:
Collin County 1-800-687-8546 co.collin.tx.us/elections
Dallas County 214-819-6300 dallascountyvotes.org
Denton County 940-349-3200 votedenton.com
Tarrant County 817-831-8683 tarrantcounty.com/eVote