Don’t Waste Your Right to Vote

Jo-Carolyn Goode | 2/21/2020, 3:28 a.m.
American men have always had the right to vote. Even though some women were able to vote starting in 1869 ...

• United States Citizenship Certificate containing the person’s photograph

•United States Passport (book or card)

If you don’t have an ID, you may still vote, with a supporting form of ID and executing a Reasonable Impediment Declaration.

Voting Locations

You now can vote at any polling location. Voters are no longer required to go to assigned voter locations and may vote at any location in the county. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. But some locations may require a few citizens to fill out a Statement of Residency form to prove they stay at an address.

The Ballot

When you go into the voting booth be prepared to be there a little. The ballot is lengthy. This is why you need to know your candidates ahead of time or else this process can be extremely overwhelming. An informed voter is the best kind. Research the candidates and their platforms to make an educated vote.

Some of the hottest races are…

Democratic Presidential Nominee

There are 17 names on the ballot, some of which have already dropped out of the race. The names are in alphabetical order. Know your candidate to make sure you select who you want. The top contenders are Pete Buttigieg-D, Tom Steyer-D, Michael R. Bloomberg-D, Elizabeth Warren-D, Joseph R. Biden-D, Andrew Yang-D, Bernie Sanders-D, Amy Klobuchar-D, and Donald J. Trump-R (incumbent).

United States Senator

The candidates are Mary Hegar-D, Royce West-D, D. R. Hunter-D, Michael Cooper-D, Adrian Ocegueda-D, Sema Hernandez-D, Annie Garcia-D, Chris Bell-D, Amanda K. Edwards-D, Cristina Tzintzun Ramirez-D, Victor Hugo Harris-D, and Jack Daniel Foster Jr.-D. The top Republican candidate is John Cornyn

United States Representative, District 2

The candidates are Travis Olsen-D, Sima Ladjevardian-D, Elisa Cardnell-D, and Dan Crenshaw-R (incumbent).

United States Representative, District 7

The candidate is Lizzie Fletcher-D, Laique Rehman-R, Jim Noteware-R, Wesley Hunt-R, Maria Espinoza-R, Cindy Siegel-R, and Kyle Preston-R.

United States Representative, District 8

The candidates are Elizabeth Hernandez-D, Laura Jones-D, Melissa Esparza-Mathis-R, Kirk Osborn-R, and Kevin Brady-R.

United States Representative, District 9

The candidates are Al Green-D (incumbent), Melissa Wilson-D, Julian A. Martinez-R, Jon Menefee-R, and Johnny Teague-R.

United States Representative, District 10

The candidates are Shannon Hutcheson-D, Mike Siegel-D, Pritesh Gandhi-D, and Michael McCaul-R.

United States Representative, District 18

The candidates are Jerry Ford Sr.-D, Donovan Boson-D, Marc Flores-D, Stevens Orozco-D, Michael Allen-D, Sheila Jackson Lee-D (incumbent), Bimal Patel-D, Robert M. Cadena-R, Wendell Champion-R, Nathan J. Milliron-R, T.C. Manning-R, Ava Reynero Pate-R, and Truly Heiskell-R.

United States Representative, District 22

The candidates are Derrick A. Reed-D, Camine Petrillo III-D, Sri Preston Kulkarni-D, and Nyanza Davis Moore-D. There are 15 Republicans on the ballot and the front-runners are Troy Nehls-R, Pierce Bush-R, and Kathaleen Wall-R.

United States Representative, District 29

The candidate is Sylvia Garcia-D (incumbent), Jaimy Z. Blanco-R, and Robert Schafranek-R.

United States Representative, District 36

The candidate is Rashad Lewis-D, Brian Babin-R, and RJ Boatman-R.

Railroad Commissioner

The candidates are Roberto R. Alonzo-D, Kelly Stone-D, Chrysta Castaneda-D, Mark Watson-D, Ryan Sitton-R, and James Wright-R.