A number of organizations held a rally in Downtown Dallas Tuesday, encouraging voters to head to the polls early in the March 6 primary elections.
While the ballots differ from county to county, there are two statewide races with multiple candidates running, for the offices of governor and for attorney general. "Sometimes what you have is you have one party cannibalize its election vote with early voter turnout".
Once you have your ID all sorted out, starting Tuesday, you can cast your ballot at any of your county's early voting locations.
Meanwhile, the total combined first-day turnout in those counties was up by more than 10,000 compared to the last two mid-term elections. Acceptable photo identification forms are a Texas Driver License issued by the Department of Public Safety, Texas Election Identification Certificate issued by the DPS, Texas Personal Identification Card issued by the DPS, Texas Handgun License issued by the DPS, United States Military Identification Card containing the voter's photograph, U.S. Citizenship Certificate with photo, or U.S. Passport.
The lawsuits-filed in two Democratic-leaning states, MA and California, and two traditionally Republican states, SC and Texas-claim the winner-take-all system violates the constitutional rights to free association, political expression and equal protection. Republican first-day numbers were less than 1,000 in both 2014 and 2018.
Jacque Callenen, Bexar County elections administrator, said Texas is still under the voter ID law, so it's important to make sure you have the correct ID before voting. And those can be expired by up to four years and still qualify.
Both counties, however, remain solidly red: Collin County turned out almost twice as many first-day Republicans than Democrats and the Denton GOP vote outpaced the Democrats by about 1,000.
Critics complain that the Electoral College system allows a candidate to win a presidential election despite losing the nationwide popular vote. In some races, there are more than a dozen candidates.
Jillson said President Trump has galvanized Democrats nationwide and in Texas, where Republicans remain the majority party.