Your North Texas Voter Guide For The Spring 2021 Runoff Elections
The May elections aren't quite over yet. A handful of municipal races will be settled in a general runoff election on June 5. A runoff election for Texas' 6th Congressional District is set for July 27.
Here's what you need to know.
How To Vote, When To Vote?
How Can You Vote By Mail?
The last day to apply for a ballot by mail was May 25. 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?
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 ended June 1. Polls were closed May 31 for Memorial Day.
Vote Saturday, June 5 from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Click on your county below to find a polling place.
What's On The Ballot?
The upcoming Arlington mayoral runoff pits Jim Ross against Michael Glaspie. Ross is a lawyer, restaurateur and former police officer. Glaspie is a former City Council member and former member of the Arlington ISD Board of Trustees.
Arlington City Council
The race for the City Council District 3 seat is between Nikkie Hunter and Diana Saleh.
Fort Worth Mayor
Deborah Peoples and Mattie Parker were the top two vote-getters in the May 1 election. Peoples, the chairwoman of the Tarrant County Democratic Party, finished first with 22,551 votes. Parker, the former chief of staff to Mayor Betsy Price, received 20,964 votes. They came out on top of a field of 10 mayoral candidates vying to replace Price, the city’s longest-serving mayor.
KERA and the Fort Worth Report hosted a debate featuring the two contenders. You can watch it here.
Fort Worth City Council
Four City Council seats will be decided. They are:
District 6: Jungus Jordan, Jared Williams
District 7: Leonard Williams, Zeb Pent
District 8: Kelly Allen Gray, Chris Nettles
District 9: Elizabeth Beck, Fernando Peralta
Dallas City Council
Six City Council spots are up for grabs in this runoff. They are:
District 2: Jesse Moreno, Sana Syed
District 4: Carolyn King Arnold, Maxie Johnson
District 7: Adam Bazaldua, Kevin Felder
District 11: Jaynie Schultz, Barry Wernick
District 13: Leland Burk, Gay Donnell Willis
District 14: David Blewett, Paul Ridley
Plano City Council
Two spots will be decided for the Plano City Council. They are:
Place 4: Kaycie Prince, Justin Adcock
Place 7: Julie Holmer, Chris Robertson
On The Ballot In July: 6th Congressional District
A July 27 special election runoff is set between two Republicans for vacant U.S. House seat that serves parts of North Texas.
Susan Wright and Jake Ellzey were the top vote-getters to emerge from a crowded field of candidates in Texas’ 6th Congressional District.
Wright is an Arlington activist running to succeed her late husband, U.S. Rep. Ron Wright, who in February became the first member of Congress to die after a COVID-19 diagnosis. Former President Donald Trump has endorsed her candidacy.
Ellzey is a state lawmaker who narrowly lost the GOP nomination for the same seat in 2018.
The district includes parts of Tarrant County, including much of Arlington and Mansfield, as well as slivers of Fort Worth. The district also includes all of Ellis and Navarro counties, which are much more rural.
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