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>> LOCAL & SPECIAL ELECTIONS: See important dates below.
Tue, May 22, 2018 – Primary Runoff Election
Tue, Nov 6, 2018 - Uniform Election Date
SEE ALL VOTING DATES: https://www.votetexas.gov/voting/when.html
PRIMARY (MID-TERM) ELECTIONS:
- See full list of candidates for US and Texas government positions at: Candidates
Important reminder: During early voting, you can vote at any polling location in your county."
MORE DETAILS: The League of Women Voters provides more details (including very helpful "For & Against" arguments) about the propositons at: Definition of Each Proposition, and Videos. Also see below all County and certain city locations and web links for sample ballot, polling locations, etc.
SAMPLE OFFICIAL BALLOTS: Some county government websites and/or Facebook pages have links to their forthcoming ballot documents. See our Portal County Profiles in the menu above, select the county government website, and then the County Clerk tab, and look for "Sample Official Ballots" by precinct.
FEDERAL ELECTION ASSISTANCE COMMISSION: www.eac.gov
LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS (US): Founded in 1919, the League is a non-partisan, trusted organization that works to promote active, informed participation of all citizens in their government. www.lwv.org.
LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS OF TEXAS: 512-472-1100; 1212 Guadalupe St, #107, Austin, TX 78701-1800. www.lwvtexas.org; www.vote411.org.
ON-LINE VERSION OF LWV VOTERS GUIDE: Coverage of local elections and candidates is available in a few League locations in the Hill Country.
- AUSTIN AREA: Web; Email. Contact: 512-451-6710, Stewart Snider, Judy Parken
- COMAL AREA: Web; Email. Contact: Roxanna Deane, 830-935-4635
- HAYS COUNTY & SAN MARCOS: Web; Email. Contact: 512-396-4030, Peggy Townes, Margaret Lindsey
- KERRVILLE: League of Women Voters Hill Country. www.lwvkerrvillearea.org. Contact: Meg Johnson, President@LWVHillCountryTexas.org
- SAN ANTONIO AREA: Web; Email Via web site. Contact: 210-657-2206, Phyllis Ingram, Tina Torres
SECRETARY OF STATE-ELECTIONS DIVISION: 800-252-VOTE (8683); www.sos.state.tx.us/elections. The Secretary of State is the chief election officer for the State of Texas. The Secretary of State’s Elections Division provides assistance and advice to election officials on the proper conduct of elections. This includes hosting seminars and elections schools, providing calendars, ballot certification, primary election funding, and legal interpretations of election laws to election officials. They also provide assistance to the general public on voter registration and other election issues.
SECRETARY OF STATE-VOTER REGISTRATION: www.VoteTexas.gov. This Texas state government website covers the who, when, what, where of voting in Texas. Early voting is described. Voter applications are available on-line at this site, and at county election offices, and many post offices and libraries. Requirements for registering to vote: Be a US citizen; Be a resident of the county; Be at least 17 years and 10 months old (you must be 18 years old by Election Day); Not be a convicted felon (unless your sentence is completed, including any probation and parole); and, Not be declared mentally incapacitated by a court of law. If a person moves or changes their name after they are registered, they must notify the local voter registrar in their home county of the new information. You can check your registration status at this web site. To complete a voter registration application, a person must provide a Texas Driver's License number or Texas Personal I.D. number issued by the Texas Dept of Public Safety. If a person has neither of those numbers, the applicant is asked to provide the last four digits of their Social Security Number. The number submitted by the applicant is verified before a voter registration certificate is issued. If none of the numbers are provided on the application, the person can still be registered, but they must show a proper form of identification at the polling location before they can receive a ballot.
TEXAS LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL: www.tlc.state.tx.us
TEXAS LEGISLATURE ON-LINE: www.legis.state.tx.us
REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS: To register to vote, an individual must be a United States citizen, a resident of the county, and at least 18 years old on Election Day. Persons must be registered to vote at least 30 days in advance of the election date.
NATIONAL REPUBLICAN PARTY: www.rnc.org (www.gop.com).
Republican National Committee, 202-863-8500; 310 First St, SE, Washington, DC 20003
NATIONAL DEMOCRATIC PARTY: www.democrats.org
REPUBLICAN PARTY OF TEXAS: www.texasgop.org. 512-477-9821;
1108 Lavaca, Ste 500, Austin, TX 78701
NATIONAL FEDERATION OF REPUBLICAN WOMEN: www.nfrw.org
REPUBLICAN NATIONAL COMMITTEE: www.gop.com
TEXAS DEMOCRATIC PARTY: www.txdemocrats.org
LIBERTARIAN PARTY OF TEXAS: www.lptexas.org
GREEN PARTY OF TEXAS: www.txgreens.org
TEXAS TEA PARTY: www.texasteaparty.org; www.texasteapartypatriots.org
BANDERA COUNTY DEMOCRAT CLUB: 940A 12th St, Bandera, TX 78003. http://votebandera.com. firstname.lastname@example.org, Zelinda Perez-Secretary
BLANCO COUNTY DEMOCRAT PARTY: Barbara Ann Hudson, Democrat County Chairman, 830-868-4219
BLANCO COUNTY REPUBLICAN PARTY: Contact: Brenda Brodbeck: 830-330-4509; Blanco, email@example.com Register to Vote. Call: 830-868-7178 to request a voter registration card be mailed to you. Send your completed card back to: Johnson City, TX 78636. No Postage Required. www.blancogop.org
BULVERDE AREA REPUBLICAN WOMEN: 830-228-4846; Meets 1st Mon, 7:30p at GVTC Auditorium, 36101 FM 3159. www.bar-w.org
BURNET COUNTY REPUBLICAN CLUB: www.burnetcountyrepublicanclub.org. 401 E Jackson St, Burnet, TX 78611. Cheryl Hubbard, President, 830-598-1850; Gloria Blanton, Vice President, 830-693-2927; Burnet County. Republican Marble Falls Headquarters: 1119 FM 1431, Ste 200, Marble Falls
BURNET COUNTY DEMOCRAT PARTY: 432-294-2410; Katherine Edmiston
BURNET COUNTY REPUBLICAN CLUB, & BURNET COUNTY REPUBLICAN WOMEN'S CLUB: 512-756-7799; www.burnetcountyrepublicanclub.org. Linda Rogers, Chair. Web site includes precinct map and precinct chairpersons
CANYON LAKE REPUBLICAN WOMEN: POB 2751, Canyon Lake, TX 78133. www.canyonlakerw.com
COMAL COUNTY DEMOCRATIC WOMEN: 830-832-4957, 830-935-4504; Meets 2nd Fri of every month, 11:30a, at Tye Preston Memorial Library, 16311 South Access Rd. Bring a friend and a dish to share.
COMAL COUNTY REPUBLICAN PARTY: www.comalcountygop.org
FREDERICKSBURG TEA PARTY: Kent Fields. www.fredericksburgteaparty.org
GILLESPIE COUNTY DEMOCRAT CLUB: Meets 3rd Wed at EMS Bldg, 6:30p. George Keller: 830-7982-4232; Bill McBride, 830-997-6263. www.gillespiedemocrats.org
GILLESPIE COUNTY REPUBLICANS: Quarterly meetings with guest speaker and meals, at Hermann Sons Lodge, 1109 S Adams. All welcome but must RSVP. www.gillespiecountygop.org. Contact: Dalton Fromme, 830-997-3740; Lunch (Jeanie) Pehl: 830-644-2342; Secretary: Betty Hahn: 830-669-2353
GILLESPIE COUNTY REPUBLICAN WOMEN: 830-998-2920; Fredericksburg, TX. www.gillespiecountrygop.org/gcrw.htm. Meets 3rd Wed. Rita Travis: 830-997-0961; Debbi McCurdy: 830-998-2920
(NORTH) HAYS REPUBLICAN GROUP: Facebook
HAYS GOP EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE:
HAYS CONSTITUTIONAL REPUBLICANS: http://hcr100.org
HAYS COUNTY REPUBLICAN PARTY: www.haysgop.org
HAYS COUNTY REPUBLICAN WOMEN: http://www.hayscountyrepublicanwomen.org
HAYS COUNTY YOUNG REPUBLICANS: 900 Bugg Ln, San Marcos, TX 78666. www.hayscoyoungrepublicans.org
HIGHLAND LAKES REPUBLICAN WOMEN: Jolene Hawkins, 512-734-1121; Susie Sitton, 325-379-2049
KENDALL COUNTY AREA DEMOCRAT WOMEN: 830-755-4434. http://kcadw.com. Meets 2nd Thurs in Boerne area.
KENDALL COUNTY REPUBLICAN CLUB: Scott Kramer, firstname.lastname@example.org
KERRVILLE TEA PARTY: 830-792-3287; Kerrville, TX 78028
KERR COUNTY AREA TEXAS DEMOCRAT WOMEN: 830-895-0471; 345 Twin Springs Rd N, Kerrville, TX 78028-8659. www.tdw.org/KCADW. Non-Profit Texas Democratic Women was organized in 1987 as one response to the growing political interest expressed by mainstream women from across the state. TDW promotes the increased political activity and influence of Democratic women in Texas politics and government. Gloria Algeo, email@example.com
REPUBLICAN WOMEN OF KERR COUNTY: www.rwkctx.org, https://www.facebook.com/Republican-Women-of-Kerr-County-110181299005863. Meet the 3rd Fri at Inn of the Hills, Kerrville
KYLE-BUDA REPUBLICAN GROUP: www.kbrg.org. Alice Chisholm, 512-312-4210
LLANO COUNTY REPUBLICAN PARTY: 830-596-3413; Precinct 205 Chair, Debbie Alexander, 15649 RR 2241, Tow, TX 78672. www.llanogop.org. firstname.lastname@example.org
LLANO TEA PARTY: Meets 1st Thurs, at American Legion Hall, 200 Legion Dr, Llano, 6p. Lee Ellis: 325-248-4090, Hugh Dawson: 325-247-4567, email@example.com , firstname.lastname@example.org
LONE STAR TEA PARTY: 469-688-4913; Arlington, TX. www.lonestarteaparty.com, Facebook. Smaller Government - Lower Taxes - Personal Responsibility, Taxed Enough Already
MASON COUNTY REPUBLICAN WOMEN: 325-347-9605; https://www.facebook.com/MasonCountyRepublicanWomen
MASON COUNTY REPUBLICAN CLUB: 325-347-9447
MEDINA COUNTY DEMOCRAT PARTY: Sandy Young, County Chair, 210-548-6585 www.medinademocrats.org. Meet 3rd Tue at the Moye Retreat Center, Castroville, at 6:30p; and every Fri at 10a at El Charro Restaurant in Hondo for Coffee and Conversation.
NEW BRAUNFELS REPUBLICAN WOMEN: www.nbrw.com
NORTH SHORE REPUBLICANS: Monthly meetings held at the Lago Vista POA Activity Center, Boggy Ford at American Dr, in the Blue Bonnet Room. Contact: Patti Ulrich, NSR president, 512-507-5665
REAL COUNTY REPUBLICAN PARTY: 830-640-3517; www.realcountygop.org; Jackie Dowdy, Real County Chair
SAN MARCOS AREA REPUBLICAN TEXANS GROUP: 512-364-0050; 102 Wonder World Dr #304-131, San Marcos, TX 78666. www.smrepublicans.com
STAR REPUBLICAN WOMEN (SRW): . http://starrw.wordpress.com. Serves Llano County area. Meets 3rd Tue (except June-Aug), at Quail Point Lodge, 708 Red Sails, Horseshoe Bay. Lunch at 12:30, meeting at 1p. Charlotte Hewitt, 830-598-1901
TEXAS CONSERVATIVE COALITION: Austin, TX. www.txcc.org. Est 1985 to shape public policy by promoting limited government, individual liberty, free enterprise, traditional values
TEXAS PATRIOTS PAC: www.texaspatriotspac.com. 713-400-1272; 1544 Sawdust Rd, Ste 402, The Woodlands, TX 77380. email@example.com
WILLIAMSON COUNTY DEMOCRAT PARTY: 512-851-0138; Liberty Hill, TX 78642. http://wilcodemocrats.org. 1915 S Austin Ave, Ste 111 (Just east of the old Monument Café location) Georgetown, TX 78626. Karen Carter, chair
WILLIAMSON COUNTY REPUBLICAN PARTY: 512-863-8481; 716 Rock St, Georgetown, TX 78626
WIMBERLEY VALLEY GOP:
GOP BUZZ: See www.gopbuzz.com for a calendar of local events in support of conservative Republicans.
>> And, of course, you can use your favorite browser to search for any topic of interest, from the "Tea Party" movement, to web sites hosted by the candidates.
This space is reserved for election notices and brief profiles that candidates provide to inform the public of their background, qualifications and positions.
Stay tuned for more details.
- US Congressional Districts (Plan C235, 02-27-2012)
- State House Districts (Plan H309, 02-27-2012)
- State Senate Districts (Plan S172, 02-21-2012)
Maps also available at Texas Legislative Council: www.tlc.state.tx.us/redist/redist.htm
Remember to take along your identification and voter registration card. Locations for General Elections and Primary Elections can be different. To avoid problems, verify your polling location sufficiently in advance as locations can change.
Look on your voter registration card for your Precinct number to find your voting location.
Precinct Numbers: A 3 digit number is the typical format, where the first digit is the precinct number, and the next two digits together represent sections within the precinct. See local precinct maps.
See Secretary Of State: Polling Locations
Recent polling locations: Be sure to check locally for most current location. They change often based on expectations of voter turn out!
BANDERA COUNTY: Toba Perez-Wright, Elections Administrator, 830-796-8146; 403 12th St, Bandera, TX 78003. www.banderacounty.org/departments/ElectionAdministrator.htm
BLANCO COUNTY: Voter Registration: 830-868-7178; Hollis Boatright, Voter Registrar, Johnson City, TX 78636. Web. Precinct Map
- Early Voting Locations, See weekday and weekend locations.
- General Election Precinct Locations for:
201: Good Shepherd Catholic Church, 285 281 Loop Rd, Johnson City, TX 78636
302: New Courthouse Annex, 101 E Cypress, Johnson City (Hoppe Room), TX 78636
303: Commissioner's Barn, Precinct 3: 862 RR 962 E, Round Mountain, TX 78663
304: St. Luke's Episcopal Church: 263 Spur Ranch Rd, 962 E, Cypress Mill, TX 78654
401: South Blanco Annex: 402 Blanco Ave, Blanco, TX 78606
BURNET COUNTY: Barbara M. Agnew, Burnet County Elections Administrator: 512-715-5288; 220 S Pierce, Burnet, TX 78611. Web.
COMAL COUNTY: Voter Registrar's Office at 830-221-1352. www.co.comal.tx.us/Elections.htm
EDWARDS COUNTY: Allen Ray Moody, County Attorney, 830-683-6128; 400 Main St, Rocksprings, Tx 78880. No web information available regarding elections.
GILLESPIE COUNTY: Elections Office: Marissa Weinheimer, 830-997-6519; 101 W Main, Unit #2, Fredericksburg, TX 78624. www.gillespiecounty.org/default.aspx?name=election_info
HAYS COUNTY: Joyce A. Cowan, Elections Administrator/Voter Registration, 512-393-7310; 712 S Stagecoach Trail Ste 1045, San Marcos, TX 78666. Voting
441: Dripping Springs Church of Christ, 470 Old Hwy 290 W, Dripping Springs, TX 78619
442: Driftwood Community Center, 15100 FM 150 W, Driftwood, TX 78619
444: Sunset Canyon Baptist Church, 4000 US 290, Dripping Springs, TX 78619
449: DSISD Administration Office, 510 W Mercer St, Dripping Springs, TX 78619
KENDALL COUNTY: Staci L. Decker, Elections Administrator, 830-331-8704; 221 Fawn Valley Dr, Boerne, TX 78006. www.co.kendall.tx.us/default.aspx?Kendall_County/Elections.Current
KERR COUNTY: Elections Office, 830-792-2242; 700 Main St, Ste 124, Kerrville in the Tax Assessor's office. www.co.kerr.tx.us/elections
KERRVILLE CITY ELECTIONS: Cailloux City Center: 910 Main St, Kerrville, TX
KIMBLE COUNTY: 325-446-3353; County Clerk, Haydee Torres, 501 Main St, Junction, TX 76849. www.co.kimble.tx.us/ips/cms/countyoffices/countyClerk.html. No web information available regarding elections.
LAMPASAS COUNTY: 512-556-8271; County Clerk, Connie Hartmann, Lampasas, TX 76550. www.co.lampasas.tx.us/ips/cms/countyoffices/countyClerk.html. No web information available regarding elections. Location of Polling Places:
- New Covenant Church: 1604 Central Texas Expressway Lampasas, TX
- Kempner Fire Dept. Training Center, 315 Pecan St, Kempner, TX
- Clear Creek Baptist Church: 3350 FM 2657, Kempner, TX
- Adamsville Community Center: 174 CR 3740, Adamsville, TX
- Lometa Justice of Peace Building, 200 N 4th, Lometa, TX
101: South Llano: Llano County Annex: 1447 TX 71 E, Llano
102: Blue Lake: Blue Lake Community Center: 214 W Bluebonnet Dr, Blue Lake
108: Sunrise Beach: City Hall/Civic Center: 124 Sunrise Dr, Sunrise Beach
109: Horseshoe Bay: Horseshoe Bay City Office: No. 1 Community Dr, Horseshoe Bay
203: Buchanan Dam: LCRA Bldg: 8347 RR 1431, W Buchanan Dam
204: Bluffton: Lakeshore Branch Library: 7346 TX 261, Buchanan Dam
205: Tow: First Baptist Church: 166=521 RR 2241, Tow
307: Kingsland: Kingsland Public Library: 125 W Polk, Kingsland
410: W Llano: Llano County Library: 102 E Haynie, Llano
MASON COUNTY: County Clerk, Pam Beam: 325-347-5253; 201 Fort McKavitt, Mason, TX 76856. www.co.mason.tx.us/ips/cms/countyoffices/countyClerk.html. No web information available regarding elections.
MCCULLOCH COUNTY: County Clerk, Tina A. Smith, 325-597-2400 ext. 2; 101 N High, Brady TX 76825. No web information available regarding elections.
MEDINA COUNTY: County Clerk: Lisa J. Wernette, 830-741-6040; 1100 16th St, Rm 109, Hondo, TX 78861. No web information available regarding elections.
MENARD COUNTY: County Clerk: 325-396-4682; 206 E San Saba (at Menard County Courthouse), Menard, TX 76859. No web information available regarding elections.
REAL COUNTY: County Clerk: Bella A. Rubio, 830-232-5202; Leakey, TX 78873. No web information available regarding elections.
1, 2, 6: Real County Courthouse, Courtroom
4, 7: County House, 107 E 5th St, Camp Wood
Branch: Garven Store, 27304 US 83 N, Mountain Home, TX 78058
SAN SABA COUNTY: Kim Wells, 325-372-3614; 500 E Wallace, San Saba, TX 76877. www.co.san-saba.tx.us/ips/cms/countyoffices/countyClerk.html
TRAVIS COUNTY: 512-854-9473; Main Ofc: 5501 Airport Blvd, Austin, TX 78751-1410. Travis County Voter Registration: Austin, TX 78714. www.traviscountytax.org/goVoters.do. Tax_Office@co.travis.tx.us
Travis Couonty Clerk: Web
Satellite Ofc, Southwest Austin - Oak Hill: 512-854-9473; 8656 Hwy 71 W, Bldg B, 2nd Fl, Austin, TX 78735-8075
UVALDE COUNTY: Ramona Esquivel Hobbs, County Clerk, 830-278-6614; Uvalde, TX 78802. www.uvaldecounty.com
WILLIAMSON COUNTY: Elections Department: 512-943-1630; 301 SE Inner Loop, Ste 10, Georgetown, TX 78626. www.wilco.org/CountyDepartments/Elections/tabid/450/Default.aspx
According to the Voter Registration Certificate, "A voter must show one of the following forms of photo identification at the polling location before the voter may be accepted for voting:
- Driver's license
- Election identification certificate
- Personal identification card or concealed handgun license issued by the
Texas Department of Public Safety
- United States Military identification card that contains the person's photograph
- United States citizenship certificate that contains the person's photograph
- A United States passport
According to the League of Women Voters of Texas, "In the General Election, voters in Texas may vote for any candidates they wish, regardless of whether they voted in a a party primary or participated in a party convention. all candidates form all parties are on the same ballot.
When you go to vote, take your registration certificate with you. If you do not provide a voter registration certificate, you may vote by providing some other form of identification. You will be allowed to vote if your name appears o the rolls in your county of residence. The following are acceptable forms of identification for the November 6 General Election:
- Drivers license
- Personal identification card issued by the Dept. of Public Safety
- Another form of identification containing your photograph
- Birth certificate
- United States citizenship papers
- A United States passport
- Official mail addressed to you from a governmental entity
- Paycheck that shows your name and address
- Current utility bill
- Bank statement
- Government check, or other government document that shows your name and address"
Excerpted From the Texas Secretary of State website, dated June 25, 2013:
AUSTIN, TX – Texas Secretary of State John Steen today announced that photo identification will now be required when voting in Texas elections. His announcement follows a decision Tuesday by the U.S. Supreme Court that cleared the way for photo ID requirements in Texas, originally passed by the Texas Legislature in 2011, to take effect.
A voter will be required to show one of the following forms of photo identification at the polling location before the voter will be permitted to cast a vote:
- 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 concealed handgun license 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
Election identification certificates are now available only for voters who do not already have a required form of photo identification. There is no fee for the certificate. Information on how to obtain an election identification certificate can be found at www.dps.texas.gov. You may also contact DPS by telephone at 512-424-2600.
To review frequently asked questions and answers, visit www.votetexas.gov. For specifics on voter identification, see: http://votetexas.gov/register-to-vote/need-id
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US CONSTITUTION AND OTHER NATIONAL FOUNDING DOCUMENTS: Web
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