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Your Spring 2021 North Texas Voter Guide

Jogger dressed in superman shirt, red shorts, blue tights and red sneakers holding large white flag with "Vote" on it in red letters.
Eric Gay
A jogger carries a Vote! flag as he passes a polling station in November 2020 in San Antonio.

Another election is upon us. And while the spring election hasn’t received as much attention as last November’s presidential and state Legislative contests, the candidates on the ballot potentially have much more influence on North Texans' day-to-day lives.

Here’s what you need to know about the May 1 election.

How To Vote, When To Vote?

How can you vote by mail?

The last day to apply for a ballot by mail is April 20. Here's how you do that.

To be eligible to vote early by mail in Texas, you must be one of the following:

  • 65 years or older
  • sick or disabled
  • out of the county on election day and during the period for early voting by personal appearance
  • confined in jail, but otherwise eligible.

What do you need to vote in person? has everything you need to know about what to bring to vote in person.

Seven forms of acceptable ID to vote in Texas

One of seven forms of ID will get you into a voting booth:

  • Texas driver's license
  • Texas election identification certificate (EIC) issued by the Department of Public Safety
  • Texas personal ID card issued by DPS
  • Texas handgun license issued by DPS
  • U.S. citizenship certificate containing your photograph
  • U.S. military ID card containing your photograph
  • U.S. passport, book or card

What if you don't have one of the seven acceptable forms of voter ID?

The state lists other forms of identification, like a utility bill or birth certificate, that you can use to vote if you don't "possess an acceptable form of photo identification, and cannot reasonably obtain one."

In addition to presenting that secondary form of ID, you'll also need to fill out a "Reasonable Impediment Declaration" form.

What if you're a voter with special needs?

A person of your choice or an election worker can assist you at the polls — but the person cannot be your employer or someone who represents your employer, or an officer or representative of your union.

If you're physically unable to enter the polling location, you can vote curbside. Send someone into the polling location to request an election worker meet you at the curb. If you're planning on arriving alone, call ahead to your county's elections office.

Where To Vote

Early voting for the May 1 election runs April 19-27.

Collin County
Early voting in Collin County happens from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. April 19-24 and 7 a.m.-7 p.m. April 26-27.

Election Day voting is 7 a.m.-7 p.m. at these locations.

Dallas County
Early voting in Dallas County is from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., April 19-23; 8 a.m.-5 p.m. April 24; 1 p.m.-6 p.m. April 25; and 7 a.m.-7 p.m. April 26-27.

Election Day voting is from 7 a.m.-7 p.m.

Denton County
Early voters in Denton County can head to the polls from 8 a.m.-5p.m. April 19-24; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. on April 25 and 7 a.m.-7p.m April 26-27.

Tarrant County
Tarrant County early voting is open 8 a.m.-5 p.m. April 19-23; 7 a.m.-7 p.m. April 24; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. April 25; 7 a.m.-7 p.m. April 26-27.

Election Day voting is from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. at any voting location.

What's On The ballot?

There's a special election to fill the Congressional seat held by Ron Wright, who died after contracting COVID-19. Arlington, Fort Worth, Plano and several other North Texas cities are electing mayors. There will be quite a few city council shakeups, with all 14 seats in Dallas on the ballot and more possible turnover in Fort Worth than there's been in years. Plus, voters will decide on several referendums and bond initiatives across the region.

Here are the highlights of the major races and initiatives on the ballot across North Texas. Click on each region to learn more.

Straight-On Row Of Voting Booths At Polling Station
U.S. Rep. Ron Wright died in February after testing positive for COVID-19. A whopping 23 candidates are running in the special election to replace him: 11 Republicans, 10 Democrats, a Libertarian and an Independent. The district covers part of the cities of Arlington and Fort Worth, and a large rural territory covering Waxahachie, Ennis and Corsicana.
African Woman Holding Smartphone With Vote On The Screen
Dallas Mayor Eric Johnson will not appear on the ballot, but all 14 Dallas City Council seats are up for grabs. Three Dallas ISD board seats are on the ballot, but two incumbents are unopposed. The City of Dallas has two propositions to determine if non-U.S. citizens can serve on advisory boards. Plus, there's a whole host of races and items on the ballot for other cities the county.
Pile of red, white and blue pin on buttons that say vote.
Fort Worth's longest-serving mayor, Betsy Price, isn't running for reelection, leaving room for change in city leadership for the first time in years. Two current City Council members are gunning for her job, and another is retiring, leaving three seats up for grabs -- and the races are more crowded than usual. This is a big difference from years past. In 2019, all the same City Council members got reelected.
Close Up Of Black Woman Wearing Mask Putting Vote In Ballot Box
Arlington is electing a new mayor. There's a seven-candidate field in the Arlington mayor's race, including a current city council member, a former city council member and several leaders of community organizations. There are also four city council races on the ballot: Districts 3 and 4 have five candidates each, and Districts 5 and 8 have two each. Plus, three Arlington ISD board seats are up for grabs.
A Vote Here Today Sign Stands Outside Of A Polling Place
The Tarrant County College District Board of Trustees has seven members. It provides final approval for district policies, budget and faculty and staff appointments. It also has the power to levy taxes for the construction of physical facilities and for District operation. The Tarrant Regional Water Tax District Board candidates are running to fill to fill three, four-year positions.
Close Up Of Hands Of Man In Medical Mask Showing I Voted Sticker.
There are three open seats on the Collin College Board of Trustees. The school has been in the news recently because several women faculty members were let go after publicly voicing dissatisfaction with the school's COVID-19 response. Plus, Plano voters will decide on a new mayor, three other city council members, three school board representatives and six bond referendum items.

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