Early voting starts today

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Early voting for the March 4 general election runs through Feb. 28; 8 a.m.-5 p.m. through Friday; 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday; 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Feb. 24-28.


• Tarrant County Elections Center, 2700 Premier St., Fort Worth. This is the main early voting site. Emergency and limited ballots are available there.

• All Saints Catholic Church Parish Hall, 200 NW 20th St., Fort Worth

• Arlington Subcourthouse, 700 E. Abram St.

• Asia Times Square, 2615 W. Pioneer Parkway, Grand Prairie

• Bedford Public Library, 2424 Forest Ridge Drive

• Benbrook Community Center, 228 San Angelo Ave.

• B.J. Clark Annex, Room 4, 603 Southeast Parkway, Azle

• Bob Duncan Center, 2800 S. Center St., Arlington

• Center for Community Service Junior League of Arlington, 4002 W. Pioneer Parkway, Arlington

• Colleyville City Hall, 100 Main St.

• Crowley Community Center, 900 E. Glendale St.

• Dan Echols Center, 6801 Glenview Drive, North Richland Hills

• Diamond Hill/Jarvis Branch Library, 1300 N.E. 35th St., Fort Worth

• Eagle Mountain-Saginaw school district Administration Building 6, Training Room, 1200 Old Decatur Road, Saginaw

• Euless Public Library, 201 N. Ector Drive

• Elzie Odom Athletic Center, 1601 N.E. Green Oaks Blvd., Arlington

• Forest Hill Civic and Convention Center, 6901 Wichita St.

• Grapevine Community Activities Center, 1175 Municipal Way

• Griffin Subcourthouse, 3212 Miller Ave., Fort Worth

• Haltom City Northeast Center, 3201 Friendly Lane

• Handley/Meadowbrook Community Center, 6201 Beaty St., Fort Worth

• Hurst Recreation Center, 700 Mary Drive

• James Avenue Service Center, 5001 James Ave., Fort Worth

• JPS Health Center Viola M. Pitts/Como, Lower Level, Suite 100, 4701 Bryant Irvin Road N., Fort Worth

• Lake Park Operations Center, 5610 Lake Ridge Parkway, Grand Prairie

• Keller Town Hall, 1100 Bear Creek Parkway

• Kennedale Community Center, 316 W. Third St.

• Mansfield Subcourthouse, 1100 E. Broad St.

• North Richland Hills Public Library, 9015 Grand Ave.

• Sheriff's Office North Patrol Division, 6651 Lake Worth Blvd., Lake Worth

• Southlake Town Hall, 1400 Main St.

• South Service Center, 1100 S.W. Green Oaks Blvd., Arlington

• Southside Community Center, 959 E. Rosedale St., Fort Worth

• Southwest Community Center, 6300 Welch Ave., Fort Worth

• Southwest Subcourthouse, 6551 Granbury Road, Fort Worth

• Summerglen Branch Library, 4205 Basswood Blvd., Fort Worth

• Tarrant County Plaza Building, 201 Burnett St., Fort Worth

• Villages of Woodland Springs Amenity Center, 12209 Timberland Blvd., Fort Worth

• White Settlement Public Library, 8215 White Settlement Road

• Worth Heights Community Center, 3551 New York Ave., Fort Worth

Temporary voting sites

8 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday. Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Naylor Student Center, 1900 W. Boyce Ave., Fort Worth; UNT Health Science Center, Carl E. Everett Education and Administration Building, 3500 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth

7 a.m.-7 p.m. Feb. 25-27. Tarrant County College Northeast Campus, Student Center NSTU 1506, 828 W. Harwood Road, Hurst; Tarrant County College Northwest Campus, WSTU 1305, 4801 Marine Creek Parkway, Fort Worth; Tarrant County College South Campus, Student Center Room SSTU 1112, 5301 Campus Drive, Fort Worth; Tarrant County College Southeast Campus, ESED-Library Room 1211, 2100 Southeast Parkway, Arlington.

7 a.m.-7 p.m. Feb. 24-27. University of Texas at Arlington, Maverick Activities Center, 500 W. Nedderman Drive, Arlington; TCU, Brown-Lupton University Union, 2901 Stadium Drive, Fort Worth.

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Texas voters have big decisions to make this primary election, weighing in on races ranging from U.S. Senate and governor to district attorney and justice of the peace.

And they can start making their starting choices Tuesday.

“Your vote is your voice,” Tarrant County Elections Administrator Steve Raborn said. “We expect people to come out and take advantage of the voting process.”

Early voting runs through Feb. 28 for the March 4 primary election.

This year, contested races run up and down the ballot for both Republicans and Democrats.

Statewide, races getting much of the attention are for U.S. senator, Texas governor and top state posts ranging from lieutenant governor to comptroller. Locally, other races — for state Senate, state House, district attorney and several judicial posts — are among those generating talk as well.

Anyone headed to the polls to weigh in on these and other races should make sure to take a valid, government-issued photo ID, election officials said.

“Anyone who goes in person to the polls March 4 or for early voting needs a voter ID,” said Texas Secretary of State Nandita Berry, who stopped in Fort Worth last week as part of her effort to travel around the state and remind Texans about bringing photo IDs to the polls. “This is the second election in Texas where a photo ID is required.”

Raborn said he doesn’t have a formal prediction of how many voters will turn out, but he thinks it might be 15 percent or higher.

As of late January, Tarrant County had 967,478 registered voters, election records show.

On the ballot

Election officials suggest Texans cast ballots early, if possible.

Anyone voting early may go to any of the early voting sites in the county, rather than just one particular location, as is the case on Election Day.

“We encourage people to take advantage of early voting and not wait until Election Day,” Raborn said.

Texans from both parties will cast primary ballots in contested races such as U.S. senator and U.S. representative, Texas governor, agriculture commissioner and railroad commissioner.

Several local candidates are on the statewide ballot — from Keller’s Curt Cleaver, who seeks to replace John Cornyn in the U.S. Senate, to state Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, who hopes to pick up the Democratic Party’s nomination for the job of Texas governor, to George P. Bush of Fort Worth, who wants to claim the GOP nomination to become the state’s next land commissioner.

Local voters will weigh in on State Board of Education races, state House and Senate races, as well as decide on a new Tarrant County district attorney and a number of contested judicial races and several county posts.

Early voting

Sample ballots are listed online at www.tarrantcounty.com/evote.

Applications for mail-in ballots, sample ballots and a list of Election Day polling sites are here. Completed applications must be returned by Friday.

They may be mailed to Tarrant County Early Voting, P.O. Box 961011, Fort Worth, TX 76161-0011 or faxed to 817-831-6118.

For more information on mail-in ballots or any election issue, call the Tarrant County Elections Office at 817-831-8683.

Anna Tinsley, 817-390-7610 Twitter: @annatinsley

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