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November 2022 election: What it is advisable to know to vote in Central Texas – KVUE.com


The 2022 normal election is Tuesday, Nov. 8, and Central Texas residents might be casting their votes in native, state and federal races, from who might be Austin’s subsequent mayor to who would be the subsequent governor of Texas.

The final day to register to vote within the Nov. 8 election is Tuesday, Oct. 11. You possibly can check online to see if you are currently registered.

Early voting for the November election begins on Monday, Oct. 24, and runs till Friday, Nov. 4. Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 8.

Right here is every part it is advisable to learn about voting within the main election, from polling areas and mail-in poll info to what you might even see in your poll.

When and the place you may vote

Registered and eligible Texas voters could vote at any early voting location positioned within the county by which they reside. 

You could find early voting areas in your space on the Vote Texas website two days earlier than the primary day of early voting. All voters must do is plug of their info so as to discover polling areas. Many counties additionally have already got areas listed on their elections web sites.

Early voting for the November election begins on Monday, Oct. 24, and runs till Friday, Nov. 4. Throughout early voting, polling place hours range at every location. 

On Election Day, Nov. 8, issues work somewhat in a different way.

You’ll want to see if the county you reside in participates within the Countywide Polling Place Program (CWPP). In case your county does take part in CWPP, you may vote at any polling place within the county. Travis and Williamson counties permit voters to solid ballots at any polling location within the county. In case your county does not take part in CWPP, you may solely vote on the polling place assigned to your precinct on Election Day.

On Election Day, polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. So long as you’re in line by 7 p.m., it is possible for you to to vote.

How one can vote by mail

If you wish to vote by mail on this election, you will must apply for a ballot by filling out an utility and mailing it to your county elections division. Purposes for mail-in ballots have been open since Jan. 1, however the final day to use for one is Friday, Oct. 28. 

To be eligible to vote early by mail in Texas, one of many following should apply:

  • be 65 years or older
  • be sick or disabled
  • be out of the county on Election Day and through the interval for early voting
  • be anticipated to provide delivery inside three weeks earlier than or after Election Day
  • be confined in jail however in any other case eligible

A brand new Texas legislation requires voters making use of for mail-in ballots to incorporate both their driver’s license/state-issued private ID/election identification certification numbers or the final 4 digits of their social safety quantity on the applying. The Texas Secretary of State recommends voters embrace each numbers on their utility to make sure they’re granted ballots.

Your mail-in poll utility should be despatched to your county’s elections clerk and should be obtained (not postmarked) by Oct. 28 earlier than the shut of normal enterprise or by midday, whichever is later. Purposes to vote by mail may also be submitted in individual or by electronic mail or fax. In case your utility is submitted by way of electronic mail or fax, Texas legislation nonetheless requires you to mail within the paper utility and it should be postmarked by Oct. 28.

When you obtain your mail-in poll and have marked your selections, place your voted poll within the envelope marked “poll envelope” and seal that envelope. Then place the poll envelope contained in the provider envelope. Earlier than sealing the provider envelope, it’s essential to embrace within the area offered both your driver’s license/state-issued private ID/election identification certification numbers or the final 4 digits of your social safety quantity.

As soon as your provider envelope is sealed, signal it and return it to your county’s elections clerk both by mail, by widespread or contract provider or in individual. 

The elections workplace should obtain your marked poll by 7 p.m. on Election Day until:

  • The postmarked poll was mailed throughout the U.S. from non-military voters and from any navy voters who submitted a mail-in poll utility. On this case, it should be obtained by 5 p.m. the primary enterprise day after Election Day
  • The poll was submitted from outdoors the U.S. On this case, it should be obtained by the fifth day after Election Day

What it is advisable to convey to vote

To vote in Texas, it is advisable to have a type of identification once you go to solid your poll at a polling location. Here’s a checklist of acceptable types of photograph identification:

  • Texas Driver License issued by the Texas Division of Public Security (DPS)
  • Texas Election Identification Certificates issued by DPS
  • Texas Private Identification Card issued by DPS
  • Texas Handgun License issued by DPS
  • U.S. Army Identification Card containing the individual’s {photograph}
  • U.S. Citizenship Certificates containing the individual’s {photograph}
  • U.S. Passport (e book or card)

Excluding the U.S. Citizenship Certificates, which does not expire, for voters aged 18-69, the appropriate type of photograph ID could also be expired as much as 4 years. For voters 70 years previous or older, the appropriate type of photograph ID could also be expired for any size of time if the ID is in any other case legitimate.

If you do not have one of many types of ID listed above and may’t moderately acquire one, you may convey one of many following so as to execute a “Cheap Obstacle Declaration”:

  • Copy or authentic of a authorities doc that exhibits the voter’s identify and an handle, together with the voter’s voter registration certificates
  • Copy of or authentic present utility invoice
  • Copy of or authentic financial institution assertion
  • Copy of or authentic authorities verify
  • Copy of or authentic paycheck
  • Copy of or authentic of (a) a licensed home (from a U.S. state or territory) delivery certificates or (b) a doc confirming delivery admissible in a courtroom of legislation which establishes the voter’s id (which can embrace a overseas delivery doc)

What might be on the poll?

There’s loads happening for this election. Here is a take a look at a number of the key races you might even see in your poll, relying on the place you reside.

Statewide places of work

Republican Gov. Greg Abbott is looking for a 3rd time period, dealing with off towards Democrat and former El Paso congressman, U.S. Senate nominee and presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke.

A Democrat has not been governor of Texas since 1995.

Greg Abbott was elected because the forty eighth governor of Texas in 2014 and assumed workplace in 2015. Previous to that, he was the fiftieth and longest-serving Texas legal professional normal, a place he held from 2002 till 2015. He additionally beforehand served as a justice on the Texas Supreme Courtroom for a number of years and as a state district decide in Harris County. 

In keeping with his campaign website, Abbott’s main points embrace rising the Texas financial system, defending the Second Modification, defending non secular freedom, supporting legislation enforcement and securing the Texas-Mexico border, amongst different issues. Learn more about Abbott and his priorities.

Beto O’Rourke (D) served as a member of the El Paso Metropolis Council for a number of years and as a U.S. Consultant for the El Paso space from 2013 till 2019. In 2018, O’Rourke ran for U.S. Senate towards Republican Ted Cruz and misplaced. In March 2019, O’Rourke announced his candidacy within the 2020 presidential election however ended his campaign eight months later.

O’Rourke’s campaign website states that his main points embrace energy grid stability, inexpensive well being care, high-quality jobs, reproductive well being and rural funding, amongst different issues. Learn more about O’Rourke and his priorities.

Libertarian Mark Tippetts and Inexperienced Celebration candidate Delilah Barrios are additionally working for governor.

Incumbent Dan Patrick (R) faces Mike Collier (D) within the race for Texas lieutenant governor.

Dan Patrick was first elected lieutenant governor of Texas in 2014 and was reelected in 2018. His campaign website states that he has presided over “what has been referred to as probably the most conservative and productive periods of the State Senate in Texas historical past.” Earlier than he was elected lieutenant governor, he was twice elected to the Texas Senate, representing a part of Houston and Harris County. 

In keeping with his marketing campaign web site, Patrick’s main points embrace border safety, lowering property and companies taxes and defending the Second Modification. Learn more about Patrick and his priorities.

Mike Collier labored as a landman simply out of college earlier than turning into a licensed public accountant and an auditor. In keeping with his campaign website, he later labored as a CFO for a Texas power firm and at this time he “guides firms as they make investments in power” throughout Texas.

Collier was the Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor in 2018, when he misplaced to Patrick by almost 5 share factors. Collier additionally ran for comptroller in 2014 and misplaced to present officeholder Glenn Hegar.

Collier’s main points embrace funding public faculties, fixing the state’s energy grid, defending girls’s rights and investing in rural communities, based on his marketing campaign web site. Learn more about Collier and his priorities.

Along with Patrick and Collier, Libertarian Shanna Steel can also be working for lieutenant governor.

Embattled incumbent Ken Paxton (R) is working for reelection towards Democrat Rochelle Garza.

Paxton was elected because the 51st legal professional normal of Texas in 2014 and has served in elected positions in Texas for 20 years. He was first elected in 2002 as a state consultant for Home District 70, and he served within the Texas Home for 10 years earlier than being elected to characterize Texas Senate District 8 in 2012, the place he served till being elected legal professional normal. Learn more about Paxton and his priorities.

All through his time as legal professional normal, Paxton has confronted many controversies, together with allegations {of professional} misconduct associated to his lawsuit difficult the 2020 presidential election, allegations of abuse of workplace associated to accusations of bribery from eight former staff and a years-old securities fraud case for which he was indicted on felony expenses.

Rochelle Garza has served as a employees legal professional for the ACLU of Texas and a managing associate of Garza & Garza Regulation PLLC. Her work as a civil rights lawyer has included, amongst different issues, preventing for the reproductive rights of teenagers in detention. In keeping with her website, she has obtained nationwide, state and native recognition for her work. Learn more about Garza and her priorities.

Libertarian Mark Ash can also be working for legal professional normal.

This race is extensive open as incumbent George P. Bush determined to run for legal professional normal, however misplaced to incumbent Ken Paxton within the March main.

Republican Dr. Dawn Buckingham describes herself as an “avid hunter, outdoorswoman, and steward of the land.” In keeping with her campaign website, in 2016, she grew to become the primary girl elected to the Texas State Senate from Travis County. If she have been to win the land commissioner race, she would develop into the state’s first feminine land commissioner. Learn more about Buckingham and her priorities.

Democrat Jay Kleberg describes himself as a sixth-generation Texan who grew up in an agricultural neighborhood. He’s the previous affiliate director of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Basis and the co-founder and managing director of Discover Ranches, in addition to a movie producer. Learn more about Kleberg and his priorities

Along with Buckingham and Kleberg, Inexperienced Celebration candidate Alfred Molison can also be working for land commissioner.

Incumbent Republican Sid Miller is working for reelection towards Democrat Susan Hays.

Miller was first elected because the state’s agriculture commissioner in 2014 and was reelected in 2018. He was first elected to the Texas Home of Representatives in 2000 and, previous to that, served as an ag instructor and college board member. Miller additionally hosts a weekly present on RFD-TV referred to as Texas Agriculture Issues, breeds and trains American Quarter Horses and is a acknowledged rodeo cowboy.

Hays has a protracted authorized profession that has included, based on her campaign website, writing authorized briefs on marriage equality, immigration and reproductive rights; turning into Texas’ first “hashish tremendous lawyer,” serving to to jot down the Texas hemp legalization temporary in 2019; and turning into board licensed in legislative and marketing campaign legislation, a specialty that focuses on ethics.

Incumbent Glenn Hegar (R) and Janet T. Dudding (D) are dealing with off within the race for Texas comptroller.

Hegar is working for a 3rd time period. He was first elected because the state’s comptroller in 2014. His campaign website states that he “believes all ranges of presidency must be open and accountable to those that pay the payments — the Texas taxpayers.” Previous to serving as comptroller, Hegar oversaw state and native income issues through the 83rd legislative session in 2013.

Dudding is a licensed public accountant who started her governmental accounting profession with the Workplace of the State Auditor, based on her campaign website. Dudding has served as a Democratic precinct chair and a member of the Texas Democratic Ladies Government Board and has served on quite a few different boards.

Along with Hegar and Dudding, Libertarian V. Alonzo Echevarria-Garza can also be working for comptroller.

Railroad Commissioner

Members of the three-person Railroad Fee, which regulates the oil and fuel trade, are elected statewide. This 12 months, one seat is up for election.

Republican Wayne Christian at present serves on the fee, together with Christi Craddick and James Wright, who each supported him for reelection. Craddick serves because the fee’s chair.

Since taking workplace in 2016, Christian was appointed by Gov. Greg Abbott to the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission because the official consultant of Texas. Earlier than his time as railroad commissioner, he served seven periods as a conservative member of the Texas Home of Representatives.

Democratic challenger Luke Warford says on his marketing campaign web site that he’s working as a result of he believes the Texas Railroad Fee is “one of the crucial necessary elected officers within the state,” including that “700 Texans died unnecessarily throughout Winter Storm Uri in a grid failure that would have been prevented if the Texas Railroad Fee had finished their jobs.”

Along with Christian and Warford, Libertarian Jaime Andrés Díez and Inexperienced Celebration candidate Hunter Crow are additionally working for the Texas Railroad Fee seat.

U.S. Home of Representatives

District 10 

(Bastrop, Fayette, Lee, Travis, Williamson counties) 

District 11

(Llano, Mason counties) 

District 17

Home District 21

(Blanco, Gillespie, Hays, Travis counties) 

Home District 27

(Bastrop, Caldwell counties) 

Home District 31

(Burnet, Williamson counties) 

Home District 35

(Hays, Travis counties) 

Home District 37

(Travis, Williamson counties) 

State races in Texas

Texas Senate District 5

(Bastrop, Williamson counties) 

Texas Senate District 14

Texas Senate District 18

(Fayette, Lee counties) 

Texas Senate District 21

(Caldwell, Hays, Travis counties) 

Texas Senate District 24

(Burnet, Gillespie, Llano counties) 

Texas Senate District 25

(Blanco, Hays, Travis counties) 

Texas Senate District 28

Texas Home District 17

(Bastrop, Caldwell, Lee counties) 

Texas Home District 19

(Blanco, Burnet, Gillespie, Travis counties) 

Texas Home District 20

Texas Home District 45

Texas Home District 46

Texas Home District 47

Texas Home District 48

Texas Home District 49

  • Gina Hinojosa (D – incumbent)
  • Katherine Griffin (R)
  • David Roberson (L)

Texas Home District 50

Texas Home District 51

Texas Home District 52

Texas Home District 53

(Llano, Mason counties) 

Texas Home District 73

Texas Home District 85

Texas Home District 136

Texas Board of Training – Place 5

Texas Board of Training – Place 10

Native races in Central Texas

Under are a number of the main native races for the November election.

Austin Mayor

Austin Metropolis Council – District 3

Austin Metropolis Council – District 5

Austin Metropolis Council – District 8

Austin Metropolis Council – District 9


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