Voting in the primary
Not to be confused with General Election this May
By Elsa Maxey
Registered voters are probably aware that there’s a 2014 Texas Primary on Tuesday, March 4th and that early voting is now underway until February 28th. What some may not be clear about relating to this election is that voters will be asked to select between the ballots of the two major parties. In other words, a voter will need to decide to vote in the Republican or the Democrat primary. The winners of this primary election will then be the nominated candidates that will go on the November General Election ballot for a vote at that time.
Take notice that the Texas Primary has top state offices on the ballot, and voters will be deciding on the candidates for governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, comptroller, and others including those running locally for County Judge, District Attorney and other county offices, for example.
There could be a bit of confusion at this time since the local General Elections are also gearing up for May 10th , and they will have a set of Early Voting dates not yet in place. Sugar Land residents will elect a mayor and two council members at large, position 1 and 2; Missouri City will also be electing a mayor and also two council members at large, positions 1 and 2; the City of Fulshear in northwest Fort Bend County at FM 359 and FM 1093 will have its General Election in May, too, to elect a mayor and three alderman; and Richmond is scheduled to have a mayoral election as well among the cities in Fort Bend that will have its local electorate decide on its future city leaders.
For now, early voting for the 2014 Texas Primary is taking place at 17 locations in Fort Bend County, advises John Oldham of the Fort Bend County Elections Administration. Oldham further advises that the Early Voting sites throughout the county are near to the major commuter routes used by Fort Bend County residents. Eligible voters of Fort Bend County may vote at any of the early voting sites and unlike absentee voting by mail, no reason is needed for voting early, reports the county’s elections administration office. A photo ID, such as an unexpired Texas driver’s license or another approved photo ID is required to vote in person in all elections in Texas.
For more information, visit the Fort Bend County’s election website, fortbendvotes.org, which also lists polling locations and sample ballots.
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