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Election Day: What you need to know for the primary runoffs today

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Come later tonight, Texans will officially know who will be on the ballot for the November general election.


In Texas, candidates must win at least 50% of the vote to be elected. In the March primaries where the top candidate only received a plurality of votes, a runoff is being held. Voters will decide on the candidates to represent their party in the November general election. Just like the March primaries, voters will choose which party they'd like to vote in. Then based on location, each ballot will show which races are in a runoff.

Here's everything you need to know before heading to the polls.

Know before you go

The registration period for this election has passed; check if you're registered to vote here.

The polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. As long as you're in line by 7 p.m., you can vote.

You'll need a valid photo ID to present once you're at a polling location.

Here is where you can vote in Travis County.

View wait times at polling locations here.

Races to watch in Travis County:

Statewide

Lieutenant Governor

  • Republican: Incumbent Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick won his primary in March.
  • Democratic: Mike Collier and Michelle Beckley are vying to be the Democrat candidate on the ballot.
Attorney General
  • Republican: Incumbent AG Ken Paxton is fighting for his seat against George P. Bush.
  • Democratic: Rochelle Garza and Joe Jaworski will face off to be the Democratic candidate in this race.

View all the statewide races on the ballot here.

U.S. House of Representatives

View the district you live in here.

District 21

  • Republican: Incumbent Chip Roy won his primary in March.
  • Democratic: Claudia Andreana Zapata and Ricardo Villarreal are hoping to secure this vote.
District 35
  • Republican: Dan McQueen and Michael Rodriguez are going head to head to be the Republican candidate in this race.
  • Democratic: Former Austin council member Greg Casar won this race in March.
Texas House

District 19

  • Republican: Ellen Troxclair and Justin Berry are vying to be the Republican candidate in this race.
  • Democratic: Pam Baggett won her primary in March.


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🗓 Friday

✊🏿 Juneteenth 2022

Travis County is hosting a free Juneteenth gathering filled with food trucks, dancing and activities for all ages in celebration of freedom. The theme is “Homecoming: Meet us at the gathering spot."

10 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday | 📍 Lower level parking garage, 800 Lavaca St.

⚾ Round Rock Express vs. Sugar Land Space Cowboys

Start your weekend at the ballgame! This week Round Rock takes on the Houston-area Sugar Land Space Cowboys at home. Tickets start at $12 and there will be fireworks after the game.

7:05 p.m. Friday | 📍 Dell Diamond, 3400 E Palm Valley Blvd.

🗓 Saturday

👟 Konnect grand opening

Sneakerheads listen up—Music Lane is getting a new fashion boutique, Konnect, by former Longhorn and Gamers First founder Kenny Vaccaro. The boutique will rotate designer brands and luxury shoes.

10 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday | 📍 The Kollective, 200 Academy Dr.

🍖 Freedom Fest 2022

Honoring the historically Black holiday of Juneteenth, this year’s Freedom Fest will feature a barbecue competition, sling-shot showcase, a performance by the Soul of our City musicians, local food trucks and children’s activities. Best of all, the event is completely free.

1-4 p.m. Saturday | 📍 Colony Park District Park, 7201 Colony Loop Dr.

🛍 Pride Month pop-up market

Contracommon and The Little Gay Shop are teaming for a quick pop-up showcasing LGBTQ+ and BIPOC artists. The market was curated by Molly Sydnor to go along with her exhibition, Hysteria.

3-6 p.m. Saturday | 📍 Contracommon, 12912 Hill Country Blvd.

🌈 Under the Neon Rainbow Prom

The Austin Motel is inviting everyone to dance under its neon lights, pose and relive prom with festive cocktails and Hot Dog King on site. Winner of the Prom Star parade will win a membership to the Austin Motel Swim Club. Tickets are $25 per person.

6-10 p.m. Saturday | 📍 Austin Motel, 1220 S Congress Ave.

🗓 Sunday

🚗 Round Rock Car Show

Catch some classic, collector, antique, sports cars and more at the monthly Round Rock Car Show. The event is free and open to all ages.

10 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday | 📍 Old Settlers Park, 2002 Harrell Pkwy.

🎙 Vixens of Volstead drag brunch

Join May Magdalene, Mars and Veronica Valentine and special guests for a lively drag brunch you won’t soon forget on the patio at The Volstead Lounge. This event is 21+ and don’t forget to tip your queens!

1 p.m. Sunday | 📍 The Volstead Lounge, 1500 E 6th St.