The March 3rd primary election is the first round of voting for the 2020 general election. During the primaries, you’ll vote for candidates to represent either the Democratic or Republican party in the November election. Both the primary and general elections will include Federal, State, and County races.
The winner of each race for each party will proceed to the general election in November. If no candidate receives a majority of the vote in the primary, the two candidates receiving the most votes will advance to a primary runoff on May 26th. (Voters can vote in a runoff even if they didn’t vote in the primary.)
Election Day is Tuesday, March 3rd, 2020. Election Day voting hours are 7:00 am – 7:00 pm. The Early Voting period for the 2018 primary election is February 18th – February 28th.
Early voting hours:
- Tuesday, February 18th – Friday, February 21st: 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
- Saturday, February 22nd: 8:00 am – 8:00 pm
- Sunday, February 23rd: 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
- Monday, February 24th – Friday, February 28th: 8:00 am – 8:00 pm
The primary and general elections include Federal, State, and County races. When you vote in the primary, you’ll be asked if you want a Democratic or Republican ballot and will only vote on candidates from that party.
- Federal: US President, US Senator, and US Representative
- State: Railroad Commissioner, State Supreme Court Justices, Judges of the Court of Criminal Appeals, Justices of the Court of Appeals, District Judges, State Senator, and State Representative
- County: County Sheriff, County Tax Assessor-Collector, County Commissioner, Justice of the Peace, and Constable
You will also vote on propositions drafted by the party. These yes/no questions will help shape the party platforms and inform party leadership—they are not amendments to the Constitution or any laws.
Yes—you can choose your party ballot when you go to vote. Your party affiliation and voting history don’t matter. When you vote in the general election in November, you don’t have to vote for the same candidates or party. (While there are other political parties, the Democratic and Republican parties are the only parties holding Texas primaries.)
If you’re registered in Bexar County and have recently moved addresses within Bexar County, you can update your address online. If you have moved from a new county into Bexar County, you must re-register.
If you have changed your name since you registered but you reside in the same county, you can update your name online. If both your name and county have changed, you can 1) correct your voter registration certificate on the back and mail it to your county’s voter registrar; 2) fill out a new voter registration and check “Change”; 3) change your voter registration when you apply for or change your Texas driver’s license.
If you have one of the following forms of photo identification, you must present one when you vote in person. The identification can be expired up to four years.
- Texas driver license issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS)
- Texas Election Identification Certificate issued by DPS
- Texas personal identification card issued by DPS
- Texas license to carry a handgun issued by DPS
- United States military identification card containing the person’s photograph
- United States citizenship certificate containing the person’s photograph
- United States passport
If you do not have one of the above forms of identification, you can present one of the following supporting forms of identification, and the voting official will help you fill out a required declaration.
- Valid voter registration certificate
- Certified birth certificate (must be an original)
- Copy of or original current utility bill
- Copy of or original bank statement
- Copy of or original government check
- Copy of or original paycheck
- Copy of or original government document with your name and an address (original required if it contains a photograph)
The address on your identification does NOT have to match your address on your voter registration information. If your name does not exactly match your name on your voter registration information, election officials will review your identification, and if your name is “substantially similar,” you’ll be allowed to vote (but required to submit an affidavit stating you are the same person on the official list of voters).
If you won’t be in Bexar County for Early Voting or Election Day; are 65 years or older; are disabled; or confined in jail but otherwise eligible to vote, you can vote early by mail. Applications must be received by February 21st. Mail-in ballots must be received by 7:00 pm on March 3rd (or by 5:00 pm on March 4th if postmarked by 7:00 pm on March 3rd).