Keep #HoustonStrong by Voting in the Primaries

 

Election Day: March 6, 2018 Early           Voting: February 20 – March 2        

The right to vote is essential to our democracy, and the process starts by participating in primary elections. At the Greater Houston Partnership, we think its critical for more Houstonians to take part in the primaries, so we have created this website to provide the essential information you need. You can start by clicking on your county below to: 1) review your ballot, 2) find your early voting locations, and 3) confirm where you must vote if you choose to wait until Election Day.


 

What makes primary elections so important?

Quite simply, elections matter – especially the primary elections. In the last statewide primaries in 2014, only 9.7 percent of registered voters participated. This small group of voters had an outsized impact on who was ultimately elected. For many communities in Texas, their districts are very consistent in terms of party preference, which means the primary elections often determine who will win the general elections in November.

The 2018 Texas ballot will include one U.S. Senate seat and all 36 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives.  The races for several statewide offices including Governor, Lieutenant Governor and a number of Texas Senate and House seats will also be decided. This is an unusual year as several longtime officeholders have decided not to seek reelection, opening their seats to a large field of candidates vying for their seats; changing Houston’s political landscape at the local, state and federal levels.

This is a critical time for our region. Please take a few minutes to review this information and make time to vote.


 


 

What are primary elections?

A primary is where members of the same party vie against each other to be their party’s nominee in the general election. Democrats run against Democrats; Republicans run against Republicans. The winners from each party go on to face each other in the November general election.

Texas does not have party affiliation registration but you do have to choose which primary you want to vote in.


What is on my 2018 primary ballot?

At the federal level, one of Texas’ two U.S. Senate seats and all 36 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives will be on the ballot.

At the state level, the 2018 cycle will include statewide officeholder races for Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, Comptroller, Land Commissioner, Agriculture Commissioner, and one of three seats on the Texas Railroad Commission, which regulates the oil and gas industry. Additionally, three of nine seats on each the Texas Supreme Court and Texas Court of Criminal Appeals will be contested. Seven of the 15 seats on the State Board of Education, 15 of 31 seats in the Texas Senate and all 150 members of the Texas House will be on the ballot.

Harris County offices on the ballot are: County Judge, County Commissioner Districts Two and Four, three seats on the Harris County Department of Education board, District Clerk, County Clerk, County Treasurer, 14 regional appellate judges, 36 state district judgeships, and 23 County Courts-at-law seats, and eight Justice of the Peace seats.

Enter your address to view what’s on your ballot:


I like some candidates in both parties, can I vote for them all?

No, not in the primary elections, at least. When voting in a party primary in Texas, you must choose one party. In the general election in November, you are free to vote for candidates of either party.


Where can I get more information about the candidates and the issues?

The League of Women Voters of the Houston Area produces excellent election information:


 

What are the rules for a runoff election?

Primary runoff elections will be held on May 22, 2018. If you wish to vote in the primary runoff elections, and you voted in either party primary on March 6, you must vote in that same party’s runoff.

If you did not vote in either March 6 primary, you may vote in either party runoff.