2018 Midterm Primaries

Early Voting: Feb 20 - March 2, 2018

Election Day: March 6, 2018


2018 Midterm Election: Primaries Edition

The March 6th primary election is the first round of voting for the 2018 midterm election. During the primaries, you’ll vote for candidates to represent either the Democratic or Republican party in the November midterm election. Both the primary and general midterm elections will include Federal, State, and County races.

The winner of each race for each party will proceed to the general midterm election in November. If no candidate receives a majority of the vote in the primary, the two candidates receiving the most votes will advance to a primary runoff on May 22nd. (Voters can vote in a runoff even if they didn’t vote in the primary.)


Election Day: March 6

Hours: 7AM – 7PM

Early Voting: Feb 20 – March 2

Early Voting Hours:

  • Tuesday, February 20th– Friday, February 23rd: 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
  • Saturday, February 24th: 8:00 am – 8:00 pm
  • Sunday, February 25th: 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
  • Monday, February 26th – Friday, March 2nd: 8:00 am – 8:00 pm


National, State, and County Positions

The primary and general midterm elections include Federal, State, and County races. When you vote in the primary, you’ll be asked if you want a Democratic or Republican ballot and will only vote on candidates from that party.

  • Federal: US Senator and US Representative
  • State: Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, Comptroller of Public Accounts, Commissioner of the General Land Office, Commissioner of Agriculture, Railroad Commissioner, State Supreme Court Justices, Judges of the Court of Criminal Appeals, Justices of the Court of Appeals, District Judges, Criminal District Attorney, and State Representative
  • County: County Judge, County Court at Law Judges, County Probate Court Judges, District Clerk, County Clerk, County Commissioner, and County Chair (for your respective party)

You will also vote on propositions drafted by the party. These yes/no questions will help shape the party platforms and inform party leadership—they are not amendments to the Constitution or any laws.

see your sample ballot Primary Voters Guide


Where do I go to vote?

On Election Day, you must vote in your assigned precinct—determined by the address of your current voter registration. During Early Voting, you can vote at ANY polling location.

Find Your Polling Place All Early Voting Locations


What do I need to bring?

The short answer: if you have a Texas or US photo identification (can be expired up to 4 years), bring that. The long answer: if you don’t have government-issued photo identification available, you can show another form of identification and sign a verified declaration at your polling place.

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Do I have to register as a party member to vote in a primary?

No, you can choose either party ballot when you go to vote. Your party affiliation and voting history don’t matter. When you vote in the general election in November, you don’t have to vote for the same candidates or party. (While there are other political parties, the Democratic and Republican parties are the only parties holding Texas primaries.)

How do I register to vote?

The deadline to register to vote in the March 6th primary has already passed, but you can register now to be eligible to vote in the general November 6th election!

Get a Registration Application

Check Your Registration

What if my voter information doesn’t match my identification?

The address on your identification does NOT have to match your address on your voter registration information. If your name does not exactly match your name on your voter registration information, election officials will review your identification, and if your name is “substantially similar,” you’ll be allowed to vote (but required to submit an affidavit stating you are the same person on the official list of voters).

Mark your calendar! Midterm Election:

November 6, 2018