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Remember to Vote May 7 and May 24

Cast your ballot in two important elections this month.

Voting is one of the simplest, yet most powerful, duties we as citizens hold. It’s important for every citizen to be an informed voter. Most people only vote during presidential election cycles; however, the power is truly with the people—every year.

Each election helps decide factors that directly impact your life, such as who is on your school board or how your taxes are calculated. Your vote has the power to drive positive change on the big issues right here in North Texas, such as education, income and health.

Many North Texans may not realize that there are two elections in the month of May:

Saturday, May 7 Uniform Election

This election includes several local races and constitutional amendments. Two of the constitutional amendments up for vote could help lower homeowners’ property taxes by expanding homestead exemptions.

Early voting for the May 7 election runs now through May 3.

Tuesday, May 24 Primary Runoff Election

This statewide and local runoff election will determine the Democratic and Republican candidate for a variety of positions, including the state’s attorney general, lieutenant governor and comptroller.

Early voting for the May 24 election runs May 16 to 20.

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

Bring a photo ID: You must present one of the seven acceptable forms of photo identification before you can vote:

  • Texas driver’s license
  • Texas election ID certificate
  • Texas personal ID card
  • Texas handgun license
  • U.S. citizenship certificate with photo
  • U.S. military ID card with photo
  • U.S. passport (book or card)

Your voter registration card is not mandatory to vote but bring it if you have it. If your name is spelled differently on the official list than on your ID, showing your registration card may resolve the issue.

Voting locations: Polling locations may be different for early voting and Election Day, so visit your county’s election website—Dallas, Collin, Rockwall or Denton—to make sure you’re headed to the right location.

Be an educated voter: Save yourself time at the polls by being prepared. Do your research on the constitutional amendments and determine how you want to vote before getting to the voting machine. You can bring notes with you to vote if it’s not a partisan flyer. To learn more about the constitutional propositions, visit Vote411.org.

Encourage your network: Make a plan to vote and invite your neighbors and friends to go vote with you.

Vote by mail: To be eligible to vote early by mail in Texas, you must meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Be 65 years old or older
  • Be disabled
  • Be out of the county on election day and during the period for early voting by personal appearance
  • Be confined in jail, but otherwise eligible
  • You can request the application for a mail-in ballot from the Texas Secretary of State’s office.

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This article was published on: May 2, 2022