The state of Texas will begin voting for the Texas primary elections on March 1st, however early voting has already begun. For those who sent in an application for a ballot by mail before February 19th, early Texas primary voting will take place from February 16th to February 26th. Although voters will get the chance to vote for state senators and state representatives, a majority of the people are excited to get the chance to vote for a Presidential nominee.
How to vote early in Texas
In order to vote, you must be on the official list of registered voters for your particular precinct. This means, that if you have moved to a different area in the state, you might need to provide that new information and sign up to be eligible to vote within an area. Even though you are not required to bring your voter registration card, the Texas secretary of state’s office says it is a good idea and very helpful in determining if your vote will count. You are required to bring one of seven accepted forms of photo identification, such as a driver’s license, passport, or state id. Without one of these forms of id, you might still be able to vote provisionally, but only if you are sure to provide a photo id by the sixth day following election day. If you fail to do so, your vote will not count.
Where will early voting take place?
All early voting locations can be found on the website Am I Registered?. You simply input your information, and it will let you know if you are eligible to vote, as well as locations near you. This is also the website you will want to visit if you are not registered and wish to register to vote come March 1st. If you do not have access to the internet, you can call your city hall, as they will have a detailed listed of locations in your city. Usually voting locations take place at schools, libraries, or city centers. Elections for county sheriff will also be made available for the counties of Bastrop, Blanco, Burnet, Hays, Llano, Travis, and Williamson.
Who will Texans vote for?
Although there is a long list of offices up for election in 2016, one of the most exciting reasons to vote is because you will see U.S. Presidential nominee names on the ballot. Texas generally tends to vote red, and has strong ties with Republican nominees. A majority of the vote went to Mitt Romney in 2012 and John McCain in 2008. This poses the question of who will win in the state of Texas? Although Donald Trump is leading in the polls, Republican member of the U.S. Senate, Ted Cruz is from Texas. Cruz has been involved in media controversy surrounding the fact that he was born in Canada, and therefore, should not be able to run for President, despite the fact that his mother is American. Still he is from the state of Texas, and who knows how the Texas population will vote.
Always remember that your vote counts, so make sure you don’t miss out!