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EARLY VOTING

Early voting for the May 27 primary runoff election runs from today-May 23, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day.

Locations

* 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 Convention Center, 1209 S. Main St.

* 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

7 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday at 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; Tarrant County College Northeast Campus, Student Center NSTU 1506, 828 W. Harwood Road, Hurst; TCC Northwest Campus, WSTU 1305, 4801 Marine Creek Parkway, Fort Worth; TCC South Campus, Student Center Room SSTU 1112, 5301 Campus Drive, Fort Worth; TCC Southeast Campus, ESED-Library Room 1211, 2100 Southeast Parkway, Arlington; University of Texas at Arlington, Maverick Activities Center, 500 W. Nedderman Drive, Arlington; TCU, Brown-Lupton University Union, 2901 Stadium Drive, Fort Worth.

MAY 27 PRIMARY RUNOFFS

For more information on the runoff races, go online to the Star-Telegram’s 2014 Primary Runoff Voters Guide. Sample ballots are available on the Star-Telegram's elections page. For more information, call Tarrant County election officials at 817-831-8683 or Secretary of State workers at 800-252-8683.

Here’s a look at the races that will be on the Tarrant County ballot for the primary runoff:

Democrats

U.S. Senate: David M. Alameel, Kesha Rogers

Agriculture commissioner: Jim Hogan, Richard “Kinky” Friedman

State Board of Education, District 13: Erika Beltran, Andrea Hilburn

Republicans

Lt. governor: Dan Patrick, David Dewhurst

Attorney general: Ken Paxton, Dan Branch

Agriculture commissioner: Sid Miller, Tommy Merritt

Railroad commissioner: Wayne Christian, Ryan Sitton

State Board of Education, District 11: Patricia “Pat” Hardy, Eric Mahroum

Senate District 10: Konni Burton, Mark M. Shelton

Judge, County Criminal Court No. 2: Atticus Gill, Carey Walker

Judge, County Criminal Court No. 3: Bob McCoy, Alexander Kim

Justice of the Peace, Precinct 3: Russ Casey, Lenny Lopez

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Dig out your voter cards and photo IDs.

For the third time this year, it’s time to head back to the polls.

True, city and school elections just wrapped up, but early voting for the May 27 primary runoff election kicks off today, giving Texas voters a chance to weigh in on a dozen races left unsettled from the March primary election.

“I expect it to be a little slower because of voter fatigue,” said Stephen Vickers, chief deputy elections administrator in Tarrant County. “But there’s a lot of interest in some of the races. I heard some people ask during [the local] May elections, ‘When do I get to vote in the lieutenant governor race?’ 

In the March primary, 42,209 Democrats and 96,441 Republicans went to the polls in Tarrant County.

Statewide, more than 1.3 million Republicans voted; more than 550,000 Democrats voted.

Election officials are encouraging Texans to go back to the polls.

Local Democrats have three races to cast ballots in, topped by the U.S. Senate race, while Republicans have nine, topped by the battle for lieutenant governor.

“If you voted in a party primary or participated in a convention, you can only vote in that same party’s runoff,” Texas Secretary of State Nandita Berry said. “If you did not vote in the March 4 primary, you may still vote and can vote in the runoff election for either party.”

Tarrant County voters may go to any of the county’s 40-plus early-voting sites.

Early voting runs through Friday.

Photo ID

Texas voters must bring a photo ID — a driver’s license, state-issued personal ID card, concealed handgun license, military card, citizenship certificate with photo or passport. Any license that’s expired must not be expired for more than 60 days.

Anyone without a valid photo ID may get a free election ID card, which is available at any driver’s license office.

In past elections, some concerns arose about voters’ names not identically matching on a person’s voter registration card and photo ID. Those people are allowed to sign an affidavit stating they are the same person if the versions of names are “substantially similar.”

Anyone voting by mail does not have to submit a photo ID. People with a documented disability may apply at their county voter registrar for a permanent exemption from the requirement, election officials say.

And any people showing up at the polls to vote who don’t have a photo ID are given a chance to go home and bring the ID back.

If they don’t, they may cast a provisional ballot. But to make sure that vote is counted, they’ll have to take a valid photo ID to the elections office within six days after the election. If they don’t, the ballot will not be counted, officials say.

On the ballot

On May 27, voters will finally determine which candidates move forward to the November general election in around a dozen races.

Democrats will settle one local, one statewide and one federal race.

They’ll choose between David Alameel and Kesha Rogers for U.S. Senate, Jim Hogan and Richard “Kinky” Friedman for agriculture commissioner, and Erika Beltran and Andrea Hilburn for State Board of Education, District 13.

Republicans have more races on the ballot.

Locally, GOP voters will choose between Dan Patrick and David Dewhurst for lieutenant governor, Ken Paxton and Dan Branch for attorney general, Sid Miller and Tommy Merritt for agriculture commissioner, Wayne Christian and Ryan Sitton for railroad commissioner and Patricia “Pat” Hardy and Eric Mahroum for State Board of Education, District 11.

Also on the Republican ballot: Konnie Burton and Mark Shelton are vying for Senate District 10; Atticus Gill and Carey Walker are seeking judge, County Criminal Court No. 2; Bob McCoy and Alexander Kim are squaring off for judge, County Criminal Court No. 3; and Russ Casey and Lenny Lopez are running for justice of the peace, Precinct 3.

“This election is a chance for voters to select party candidates for the Nov. 4 election,” Berry said.

Sample ballots and a list of Election Day polling sites are online at star-telegram.com/elections. For more information, call Tarrant County Elections officials at 817-831-8683.

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

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