Early voting for the Primary Election opens Monday

Melissa Crowe By Melissa Crowe

May 11, 2012 at 12:11 a.m.

Early voting for the Texas primary election opens Monday.

The ballot features the race for U.S. president, U.S. senator, Congressional districts, state senators and representatives, all the State Board of Education, two railroad commissioners, statewide and district court races and many county races. Voters determine the Democratic and Republican parties nominees for the November General Election from this primary election.

Voters cannot vote in both primaries.

If a runoff election is necessary, it will be July 31.

Secretary of State Hope Andrade is encouraging all Texas voters "to take full advantage of the ease and flexibility of early voting."

Early voting in-person for the Texas primaries will take place from Monday to May 25. Election Day is May 29.

Victoria County Elections Administrator George Matthews said during early voting, registered voters can cast their ballot at any early voting location in the county in which they are registered to vote.

The Victoria County sites include the elections office, 111 N. Glass St., open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. during early voting, and 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, May 24 and 25, as well as Classroom A at the Dr. Patti Dodson Public Health Department open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, May 24 and 25, he said.

On Election Day, May 29, voters must vote in the precinct where they are registered to vote and must bring identification, but photo ID will not be required for this election, he said.

Karen Nicholson, president of League of Women Voters Texas, said in a news release that Texas has much at stake for this election.

"Those elected by Texas voters will make decisions affecting all Texans and the future of our state - jobs and the economy, education, energy, and the environment to name a few," she said in a news release.

Students and others unable to vote in person during early voting or on election day can apply for a ballot by mail by contacting the county elections office or by downloading the application from the Texas Secretary of State website. The application must be received by May 22 and the completed ballot must be received by no later than 7 p.m. on Election Day, May 29.



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