Early Voting, Vote By Mail Available For General Election

Pauline Gross
February 22, 2018

On the first day of early voting four years ago, only 3,356 Democratic ballots had been cast.

Early voting will begin on Tuesday, Feb. 20 and polling stations throughout Lubbock County will be open for any registered voter to submit a ballot.

"These numbers are similar to those from 2016, and Texans voted at that time by a significant margin to keep our state red", Dickey said in a prepared statement. The Republican Party did not file a write-in candidate for the primary election. Basically, you're voting for who the real candidate will be. Voting hours will be the same at all voting locations.

"North Texas is definitely known as the battleground area in Texas", said Montemayor.

Once you have your ID all sorted out, starting Tuesday, you can cast your ballot at any of your county's early voting locations.

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Among acceptable forms of photo ID are a Texas Driver's License, a Texas Election Identification Certificate, a personal identification card, and a license to carry a handgun (CHL), all issued by the Department of Public Safety.

"Election Day voting locations for Democratic and Republican Party voters are not consistent or concentrated the same" explained Stanart.

Both counties, however, remain solidly red: Collin County turned out almost twice as many first-day Republicans than Democrats and the Denton GOP vote outpaced the Democrats by about 1,000. "It will save you time", suggests Stanart. Voters decide every two years whether they will help pick the Democratic of the Republican Parties nominees to run in the November General Election.

Southern Methodist University political science professor Cal Jillson predicts the excitement about various political races will boost turnout of the primary to 35 percent or more, up from from less than a third of eligible voters during a typical non-presidential year. For the governor's candidacy, the incumbent Governor Bruce Rauner and Lieutenant Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti are only being challenged by Jeanne Ives and her running mate Rich Morthland.

Elaine Wiant, the president of the League of Women Voters in Texas, said that is an easy question to answer.

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