Voting: FAQs

What is the primary election?

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.)

When is the 2018 primary election?

Election Day is Tuesday, March 6th, 2018. Election Day voting hours are 7:00 am –7:00 pm. The Early Voting period for the 2018 primary election is Tuesday, February 20th– Friday, March 2nd.

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

Where do I 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 precinct’s polling location

All Early Voting Locations

What will be on the ballot?

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 willhelp shape the party platforms and inform party leadership—they are not amendments to the Constitution or any laws.

See Your Sample Ballot

Do I get to choose a Democratic or Republican ballot?

Yes—you can choose your 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 voter registration application

Check your registration

What if I can’t vote in person?

If you won’t be in Bexar County for Early Voting or Election Day; are 65 years or older; are disabled; or confined in jail but otherwise eligible to vote, you can vote early by mail. Applications must be received by February 23rd. Mail–in ballots must be received by 7:00 pm on March 6th (if not postmarked) or received by 5:00 pm on March 7th if postmarked by 7:00 pm on March 6th.

Get a mail–in ballot (English)

Get a mail–in ballot (Spanish)

What do I need to bring to vote?

If you have one of the following forms of photo identification, you must present one when you vote in person. The identification can be expired up to four years.

  • Texas driver license issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS)
  • Texas Election Identification Certificate issued by DPS
  • Texas personal identification card issued by DPS
  • Texas license to carry a handgun issued by DPS
  • United States military identification card containing the person’s photograph
  • United States citizenship certificate containing the person’s photograph
  • United States passport

If you do not have one of the above forms of identification, you can present one of the following supporting forms of identification, and the voting official will help you fill out a required declaration.

  • Valid voter registration certificate
  • Certified birth certificate (must be an original)
  • Copy of or original current utility bill
  • Copy of or original bank statement
  • Copy of or original government check
  • Copy of or original paycheck
  • Copy of or original government document with your name and an address (original required if it contains a photograph)

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).

How can I get to my polling location?

VIA Metropolitan Transit offers free rides on Election Day! Just show your voter registration card when you board.