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?
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.
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.
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.
- To see a list of early voting locations in Travis County, visit the county clerk’s website, traviscountyclerk.org/eclerk.
- A voting schedule for Bastrop County can be downloaded from the county’s election website, www.bastropvotes.org.
- Hays County’s main early voting place will be at the Government Center conference room, 712 S. Stagecoach Trail in San Marcos. Visit the county’s election website for a list of other temporary voting locations.
- Williamson County voters can visit wilco.org/departments/elections to get a list of runoff voting locations in Georgetown, Round Rock, Cedar Park, Leander, Hutto and Taylor.
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.