Primary season has arrived in Texas. Election Day is on March 1st, but voters can cast their ballot early starting tomorrow.
Along with highly contested races in the presidential primaries on both sides of the aisle, there are a number of down ballot races making things interesting this primary season. Because many of Texas’ legislative districts are considered safe for the prevailing party, these competitive races will give us a preview of what to expect in the upcoming legislative session.
When voters head to the polls, they will need to bring a valid form of ID with them in order to be able to cast their vote. By Texas law, you must present one of the following:
- Driver’s license
- Texas Election Identification Certificate (free document available through DPS)
- Personal identification card
- License to carry a handgun
- Military ID (must have a photograph)
- United States citizenship certificate (must have a photograph)
- United States passport
Except for the citizenship certificate, all of these forms of ID must be current or have expired in the last 60 days.
Early voting lasts from February 16th – 26th. All Texas voters can go to any location in their county during early voting to cast their ballot, not just their neighborhood polling location. You can find more information about early voting in your county, including hours of operation for different polling locations, through the Secretary of State’s website here. On Election Day, March 1st, you must vote in your precinct.
Not sure if you’re registered to vote in the primary? Find out here.
The address on your ID does not need to match the address on your registration card. Your name, however, needs to be “substantially similar.”
Voters can cast a provisional ballot if they have issues with their name or ID.
Don’t forget: unlike Election Day, not all early voting polling locations have the same hours. Find a list of your polling locations here, and then make a plan to make your voice heard in this election.