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Secretary Cascos reminds Texans early voting for runoff starts May 16

May 14, 2016
Contact: Alicia Pierce or Mari Bergman

AUSTIN, TX – Today, Texas Secretary of State Carlos H. Cascos reminded Texans that early voting for the May 24 Primary Runoff Election begins on Monday, May 16, and runs through Friday, May 20.

“The primary runoff is an opportunity for voters to decide who will represent their party in races where no candidate secured a majority of the votes,” said Secretary Cascos. “It’s a time to finalize which Republican and Democrat candidates will be on the ballot in November.”

If voters participated in the primary election for either the Republican or Democrat party, they will be limited to voting in the same party for the runoff. Voters who did not vote in the primary or participate in any third party nominating conventions may still vote in the runoff and may select either party runoff election in which to vote.

Secretary Cascos also reminded voters they will need to bring photo ID if they cast a ballot in person.

“The photo ID requirement is still in effect,” said Cascos. “Voters will need to present one of seven forms of approved photo ID when coming to the polls.”

The forms of approved photo ID are:

  1. Texas Driver License – issued by the Department of Public Safety (DPS)
  2. Texas Personal Identification Card – issued by DPS
  3. Texas Concealed Handgun License – issued by DPS
  4. United States Military Identification card containing the person’s photograph
  5. United States Citizenship Certificate containing the person’s photograph
  6. United States Passport – issued by the U.S. government
  7. Election Identification Certificate – issued free by DPS

Any citizen who does not have an approved ID can apply for a free Election Identification Certificate and should visit VoteTexas.gov or call 1-800-252-VOTE for more information.

Voters can contact their county elections office to locate the most convenient polling place, or they can follow the links at www.votetexas.gov. During early voting, polling place times will vary from county to county and voters may vote at any polling location in their county.