Texans, Get Ready to Vote: What You Need to Know About the March Primary Elections

AUSTIN — Attention, Texans aged 18 years and older: If you’re not registered to vote yet, you have less than a week to do so to vote in the March 6 primary elections. With many contested races in North Texas, voters will have a significant say. It's not a presidential election year, but midterm elections could shake up the state Legislature and Congress. There's a Democrat running for every Texas congressional race this year for the first time in 25 years. Eight Texans will leave the U.S. House before the next term, opening to the door for new faces in Washington.One of them, El Paso Rep. Beto O'Rourke, is running against Sen. Ted Cruz in the general election and outraised himin the last quarter. Who's running?In addition to Cruz, Gov. Greg Abbott, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and many state legislators and U.S. representatives are facing challengers.Statewide offices: Republicans and Democrats can expect to see candidates for governor, lieutenant governor, land and railroad commissioners, state appellate courts and the state board of education on their ballots. Republicans can also vote for a candidate for agriculture commissioner, and Democrats can vote for one for state comptroller. Congress: All of the state's 36 U.S. House districts are on the ballot, as well as one Senate seat. Legislature: Each of the 150 Texas House seats is up for election, along with 15 of the 31 state Senate seats.County: County commissioners, sheriffs, some county courts and other offices are up for election.How do I register to vote?You have until Monday to pick up an application and mail it to your county registrar’s office, which you can find here. You can also register in person at the office. Check here to see if you are already registered.  Continue reading...

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