Elections In Texas: How to Prep and Cast Your Vote

The next big voting day in Texas is right around the corner.

March 3, 2020 or Super Tuesday is the primary election. Since 2020 is presidential election year, there are a few things to consider before November rolls around.

Texas makes it easy on you; you don’t need to be a registered Democrat or Republican to participate in the Primary. If you’re 18 and older and registered, all you need to do is show up to the polls and select which party you’d like to vote in.

What day do we vote? 

Early voting runs February 18-28 and the primary itself is held on March 3, 2020.

What is “Super Tuesday”? 

Super Tuesday refers to the date in which a large number of states hold primary voting for the U.S. presidential election.

In a political setting and specifically with 2020 Presidential nominees, Super Tuesday can be an important indicator of electability going into November. Texas, among fourteen other states, will participate on March 3; meaning, the primary is a huge reflection of what a larger general election might look like later in the year.

What’s on the ballot? 

A few things. As mentioned above, the March primary is a huge day for national ballots including presidential candidates, U.S. senators, and U.S. house representatives. Also included are state nominations for both Texas House and Senate, and a few district judges.

In Texas, you’ll also be voting on a series of propositions, 10 total, covering issues such as voting rights, housing rights, healthcare, etcetera.

If you are already registered, you can look up your voter information here and get a PDF of your sample ballot.

How do I know if I’m registered?

Keep in mind, you need to be registered to vote in the March primary, and your last day to register is Monday, February 3, 2020. Not sure if you’re registered? Don’t fret! Use the Travis County voter lookup here.

How do I get registered?

Mail: If you are not registered, you need get this form in the mail by February 3, 2020, no exceptions. Send it to the County Voter Registrar’s office: PO Box 149327, Austin, TX 78714-9327

IRL:  Instead of mailing the form, you can also hand-deliver this puppy to the Elections Division of the Travis County Clerk (5501 Airport Boulevard Austin, TX 78751)

If you have the time, you can also register in person at any Travis County Tax Office, any Austin Public Library, US Postal Service Office or any office of the Department of Public Safety or Health and Human Services.

If you recently moved, even just within Travis County, go ahead and update your address here.

Why should I vote in the primary? 

Well, first and foremost it’s your right, but it’s also your voice. Your vote is a deciding force for your community–its a mechanism that helps you participate in civic culture. Voting is an expression of your best interests that shapes the community you want to live in.

Broadly, primary voting is a huge determining factor for the candidates that will end up on the ballot in November.