Voter registration deadline for 2018 Texas Primary Election

By Bryan Ramos

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oday is the last day to register for those wanting to vote in Texas’ 2018 Primary Election on March 6, the first state to host such elections this year.

Voters will have the opportunity to elect their party’s nominees for offices ranging from U.S. senators and governors, as well as local county officials and judges.

Voter turnout in Hidalgo County came in at just 7.84 percent in the 2016 primaries, as Texas had the second lowest voter turnout in the nation at 21.5 percent, just behind Lousiana.

While incumbents U.S. Reps. Vincente Gonzalez, Henry Cuellar and Filemon Vela will run unopposed, others like State Rep. Bobby Guerra will face off against Michael L. Pinkard Jr., a Democratic challenger, in March.

Former judge Eloy Pulido and former McAllen commissioner Richard Cortez are running for Hidalgo County Judge.

You can find the full list of the 2018 Primary Election candidate filings by county here.

Online registration is not an option in Texas, although you can print out an application and turn that in to the county to where you are a resident.

You can pick-up voter registration applications at the Hidalgo County Elections Department, located at 101 S. 10th Ave. in Edinburg, as well as DPS offices and public libraries. You can also find more information on how to register here.

Forms of photo ID acceptable for voter registration include:

  • 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
  • U.S. citizenship certificate containing the person’s photograph or a U.S. passport

To confirm voter registration status, click here.

Early voting will run from Feb. 20 through March 2.

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