Early voting takes place next week for Republican and Democratic primary elections that resulted in a runoff. Early voting runs from Monday, May 16, through Friday, May 20. Runoff election day is Tuesday, May 24. Early voting is a convenient way to avoid the hassle of trying to get to the polls on election day. Unlike election day voting, early voters do not have to vote at their assigned precinct location. Simply go to any early voting location in your county to cast your ballot.
2016 Primary Election Runoffs:
- SBOE District 6: Jasmine Jenkins (D) vs. R. Dakota Carter (D)
- SBOE District 9: Keven Ellis (R) vs. Mary Lou Bruner (R)
Early voting locations for SBOE District 9
- Senate District 1: David Simpson (R) vs. Bryan Hughes (R)
Early voting locations for SD 1
- Senate District 24: Susan King (R) vs. Dawn Buckingham (R)
- House District 5: Jay Misenheimer (R) vs. Cole Hefner (R)
Early voting locations for HD 5
- House District 18: Ernest Bailes (R) vs. Keith Strahan (R)
Early voting locations for HD 18
- House District 27: Ron Reynolds (D) vs. Angelique Bartholomew (D)
- House District 33: John Keating (R) vs. Justin Holland (R)
Early voting locations for HD 33
- House District 54: Scott Cosper (R) vs. Austin Ruiz (R)
Early voting locations for HD 54
- House District 64: Lynn Stucky (R) vs. Read King (R)
Early voting locations for HD 64
- House District 73: Doug Miller (R) vs. Kyle Biedermann (R)
Early voting locations for HD 73
- House District 120: Barbara Gervin-Hawkins (D) vs. Mario Salas (D)
- House District 128: Wayne Smith (R) vs. Briscoe Cain (R)
- House District 139: Kimberly Willis (D) vs. Jarvis Johnson (D)
Thanks to our friends at the TexasEducatorsVote.com coalition, the Texas Retired Teachers Association, and Texas Parent PAC who compiled early voting flyers for several of the runoff districts listed above. If your district’s polling places are not linked above, check your local newspaper, contact your local voter registrar’s office, or use the Texas Secretary of State’s “My Voter Page” to retrieve a customized list of polling locations with their hours and addresses.
Here are some other fast facts to help you be an informed voter in these important runoffs:
- You must show valid photo identification in order to vote in Texas. Acceptable forms of ID include but are not limited to a valid Texas driver’s license, an Election Identification Certificate (EIC) issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety, a Texas license to carry a handgun license, a U.S. military ID card, or a U.S. passport.
- In some circumstances, you may be eligible to vote early by mail. Applications for a mail-in ballot must be received no later than Friday, May 13 for the runoff elections; May 24 is the last day for mail-in ballots to be received.
- To learn more about runoff candidates’ views on public education and backgrounds, search and view their profiles right here on Teach the Vote using our 2016 Races page.
- Did you know that you can vote in a runoff even if you did not vote in the March 1 primary election? Learn more about runoff voting and who is eligible by reading our recent blog post.
Insider tip: The majority of contested elections in Texas are decided through the primary process, and not during the more highly publicized general elections held in November. The reason for this is the manner in which district maps and boundaries are drawn through the redistricting process; districts are shaped — some would say “gerrymandered” — in such a manner as to favor whichever political party is in power at that time. As a result, some races will only attract candidates from a single political party, meaning that the entire contest will be decided in March with no opposition on the ballot at all in November. In other races, there are candidates from different parties seeking the office, but the district maps so heavily favor one party over the other that it becomes almost a certainty that the race will be decided by a particular party’s primary election in March, rather than the general election in November. When multiple candidates from the same party compete in a particular race, there may be need for a runoff if no one candidate surpasses 50 percent of the vote. For several races headed to a runoff this month, the May 24 runoff election outcome will determine the ultimate winner of the seat.