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Primary elections: Your guide to voting in Austin

(Bob Daemmrich)

Today, registered voters can cast a ballot in the primary elections, determining a single candidate for each party in federal, state and county races.


In the primary elections, voters will decide a party's candidate before the general election in November for different races. This election includes races for governor, lieutenant governor and members of Congress.

Due to Texas having open primaries, voters choose which party’s ballot they want to vote in at the polling location. But they can’t vote in both Republican and Democratic primaries in the same election.

Here's what you need to know about this election.

Know before you go

Voters can head to any polling location in the county they live in to cast their ballot between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. As long as you're in line by 7 p.m., you can vote.

Check if you are registered to vote before heading to the polls here.

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

You can view wait times at Travis County locations here.

What's on the ballot

The big ballot items include the race for governor, but voters can also cast a ballot for members of Congress, the State Legislature and other county races.

At the federal level, voters will vote on who will run for U.S. Congress in their party.

Running to represent the new District 37, which includes the Western half of Austin, are:

  • Democrats: Lloyd Doggett, Donna Imam, Quinton “Q” Beaubouef, Chris Jones
  • Republicans: Jenny Garcia Sharon, Jermiah Diacogiannis, Rod Lingsch

Running to represent District 35, which includes East Austin and South I-35 to San Antonio, are:

  • Democrats: Carla-Joy Sisco, Rebecca Viagrán, Greg Casar, Eddie Rodriguez
  • Republicans: Jenai Aragona, Michael Rodriguez, Asa George Kent Palagi, Alejandro Ledezma, Dan Sawatzki, Dan McQueen, Sam Montoya, Bill Condict, Jennifer Sundt, Marilyn Jackson
Running to represent District 17, which includes Round Rock and Pflugerville, are:
  • Democrats: Mary Jo Woods
  • Republicans: Paulette Carson, Jason Nelson, Pete Sessions *, Rob Rosenberger
At the state level, voters will choose which candidate in their party they want to run in the November general election for governor. Gov. Greg Abbott has seven challengers in running for his third term. They include:
  • Democrats:Inocencio (Inno) Barrientez, Michael Cooper, Joy Diaz, Beto O’Rourke, Rich Wakeland
  • Republicans: Greg Abbott *, Paul Belew, Danny Harrison, Kandy Kaye Horn, Don Huffines, Rick Perry, Chad Prather, Allen B. West
The state’s second-highest executive office is up for election. Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick is seeking his third term and is up against five challengers.
  • Democrats: Michelle Beckley, Carla Brailey, Mike Collier
  • Republicans: Trayce Bradford, Todd M. Bullis, Daniel Miller, Dan Patrick *, Aaron Sorrells, Zach Vance

Click here to view a personalized sample ballot.

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