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Make Your Voice Heard in the Runoff Election

By SA2020 | May 14 2018

What is the May 22nd election?

The May 22nd election is the next step in selecting the candidates for the midterm election on November 6th. If no candidate received a majority (50% + 1) of the votes during the March primary election, which chooses candidates from the Democrat and Republican parties, the two candidates with the most votes move on to a head-to-head election: the May 22nd primary runoff. The winner of each runoff race will represent their party in the general midterm election.

Depending on the party, your ballot might include County Party Chair, County Commissioner, County Court Judge, District Judge, State Representative, Lieutenant Governor, and United States Representative.

Click here for the sample Democratic ballot.

Click here for the sample Republican ballot.

 

Do I have to be registered with a party to vote in the primary runoff?

You do not need to be officially registered as a party member, but if you voted in the initial primary election on March 6th, you must vote in that same party’s runoff. If you didn’t vote in the March 6th election, you can participate in either party’s runoff.

 

When can I vote?

Election Day is Tuesday, May 22nd, 7 am – 7 pm. The early voting period is Monday, May 14th – Friday, May 18th, 8:00 am – 8:00 pm each day.

 

Where do I vote?

On Election Day, you must vote in your assigned precinct—determined by the address of your current voter registration. Click here to find your Election Day polling place. During Early Voting, you can vote at ANY polling location. Click here to see a list of early voting locations, or click here for a map.

 

What do I need to bring to vote?

The short answer: if you have a Texas or US photo identification (can be expired up to 4 years), bring that. The long answer: if you don’t have government-issued photo identification available, you can show another form of identification and sign a verified declaration at your polling place. Get more info here.

 

What if my voter information doesn’t match my identification?

The address on your identification does NOT have to match your address on your voter registration information. If your name does not exactly match your name on your voter registration information, election officials will review your identification, and if your name is “substantially similar,” you’ll be allowed to vote (but required to submit an affidavit stating you are the same person on the official list of voters).

 

How do I register to vote?

The deadline to register to vote in the May 22nd runoff has already passed, but you can register now (or update your information) to be eligible to vote in the November general election! Get a voter registration application here. Check your current registration info here.

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