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Ready, Set, Vote!

This article appeared in a February 2018 issue of the student newsletter.

Did you know early voting for the Texas Primary began on Tuesday, Feb. 20 and continues until Friday, March 2?

It's true! And it's important that your voice is heard. 

Voting in the primaries is like the Texas two-step; there is one foot on the right and another foot on the left. 

In other words, during the primaries voters choose whether to vote in a Democratic primary or a Republican primary — you can only pick one. (Yes, it's different from the November elections.) 

Like Options? Vote Early

Once you have your Texas driver's license, identification card, military ID or other form of ID, head to one of the several early voting locations from Feb. 20 – March 2. 

Here is the good news: During early voting, you can vote anywhere in the county in which you are registered to vote. Dallas County voters have more 35 locations to choose from.

As you can see, during early voting you will have the choice to vote on one Saturday (Feb. 24 from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.) and one Sunday (Feb. 25 from 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.). With all these options it's easy to stop by any location, at any time, and they they are open to cast your vote. (Where is the easy button?!) 

Meet the Candidates for Office

Now you know what form of ID you need, you know you can vote in either the Republican primary or Democratic primary, and you know the various locations to vote. 

What's left? Oh yeah, the candidates. Here is a list of all the candidates running for office in the primaries, and a list of the Dallas County Democratic candidates and Republican candidates. 

That's a lot of names! But thanks to technology, we are happy to share a few helpful links that narrow in on where you are registered to vote and who exactly is on your ballot. Think of this as the voter VIP treatment. 

Four Helpful Voting Links

Early Voting Locations Map
  1. Take a sneak peek at your voting ballot.
    • Simply insert your name and birthdate.
  2. View early voting locations with Google Maps or ESRI Maps
    • The second choice includes poll wait times!
  3. Explore The Dallas Morning News' Build My Ballot.
  4. Look over a sample ballot from BallotPedia.

Head to the Polls

Now you are officially ready to vote! 

Don't wait until the last day, or election day, which is March 6. Get it done, get it over with and tell your family and friends to do the same. Snapchat that American pride. 

If you have any early voting questions, please visit the Dallas County Elections website or call them at 214-819-6359. Happy Voting!