Election Information

graphic with Democratic donkey and Republican Elephant.  Texas Primary Runoff May 22, 2018

Compare candidates, print a ballot, at VOTE411.org  or use the form below to enter your address to create your personal ballot.

The Texas primary is an extremely important election in Texas!

Voters in the Texas primary and conventions choose who will run for office in the General Election.  For many communities in Texas, their elected officials are chosen in the primary election because many districts heavily favor one party over the other.

A Texas primary runoff election is triggered when no candidate in the primary election receives more than 50 percent of the votes. The top two candidates have a runoff election.  

The Republican and Democratic Parties choose their candidates in a primary election. The Libertarian and Green Parties choose their candidates in party conventions.

Texas has open primaries. That means that ALL Texas voters can participate in one of these events. Voters who don’t strongly identify with any political party can and should carefully consider the choices and participate in one of the primaries or conventions.

But you can only participate in one.  Once a voter has voted in one party, that voter cannot participate in another party’s election or convention during the primaries. 

For example for the primary runoff election...
If you voted on the Republican ballot in the primary election... vote on the Republican ballot. 
If you voted on the Democratic ballot in the primary election... vote on the Democratic ballot.
If you didn't vote in the primary election... vote on either the Republican or Democratic ballot.
In November's General Election... vote for any candidates in any party.
 

The League encourages all registered voters to participate in the Texas primary election runoff and vote for the best candidates.  

Don’t forget, voting in a primary does not commit you to vote for a particular candidate or party in the general election.

Important Texas Primary Runoff Election dates

  • Apply to vote by mail 
  • Last Day to Register to Vote - Monday, April 23, 2018
  • Early Vote: Monday, May 14, 2018 - Friday, May 18, 2018
  • Last Day to Apply to Vote by Mail (Received, not Postmarked) - Friday, May 11, 2018
  • Election Day: Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Quick Links

What Do They Do? A short video explanation of state elected offices

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Voting Rights Act of 1965 

The LWV-TX continues to fight for your right to vote: Voting Rights and Election Laws