What you should know about early voting for Texas primary runoffs


Highlights

Early voting started Monday and will continue through Friday – no voting will occur on the weekend.

Election Day for the runoffs is May 22.

Early voting for Texas primary runoff elections started Monday and will continue through Friday — no voting will occur on the weekend.

Election day for the runoffs is May 22.

You might be asking: Didn’t we just have an election?

Yes, Central Texas voters went to the polls earlier this month, on May 5, to pick a slew of candidates to serve on school boards and city councils.

But the voting this week involves voters from across the state. Our electoral duty this time demands that we resolve the March 6 primary races for statewide and federal offices. In dozens of those races, no candidate won more than 50 percent of the vote, so runoff elections are necessary.

RELATED: Read the Statesman’s coverage of Valdez and White’s one and only debate

Some of the most high-profile runoffs include the contest between Lupe Valdez and Andrew White to be the Democratic nominee who will challenge Republican incumbent Greg Abbott to be Texas governor.

Another attention-grabbing race is the duel between Democrats Jose “Chito” Vela and Sheryl Cole to replace Dawnna Dukes, the embattled representative for Texas House District 46 who lost her primary bid in March.

RELATED: Kopser, Roy have big cash advantage heading into runoff

The ballot battle to watch on the congressional side is the four-way fight to replace retiring U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith, R-San Antonio, in House District 21 among two Republican candidates, Chip Roy and Matt McCall, and two Democrats, Mary Wilson and Joseph Kopser.

Visit statesman.com/elections to get the latest news and updates about the 2018 elections in Texas.

Don’t forget, you’ll need to present one of seven accepted forms of identification at the polls, such as a Texas driver’s license or ID card, a U.S. passport or a military photo ID.

Don’t have any of those? You can fill out a form at the polls and present supporting forms of ID, such as a current paycheck or utility bill. Visit the Texas secretary of state’s website for more information.



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