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Early voting ends Tuesday in Tarrant County. Here’s what you need to know

Tarrant County residents have one day left to vote early.

Early voting sites will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday.

Tarrant County Elections Administrator Heider Garcia said early voting is roughly on track with the municipal election in 2017.

As Tuesday morning, 38,722 of 1.1 million registered voters (3.5%) had voted early in person. In 2017, 48,478 voters went to the polls during early voting. Turnout on the last day of early voting is typically higher, Garcia said.

“It’s roughly the same turnout I would say,” Garcia said in comparing 2017 and 2019.

There had been the thought that a higher number of candidates and the possibility of more competitive races might send more people to the polls. Turnout for municipal elections has historically been low in Tarrant County.

Fort Worth voters will choose the mayor and seven contested city council races.

In Arlington, last year’s successful term-limits election has led to 17 candidates running for mayor and four council seats.

Voters are electing board members in four of the Fort Worth school district’s nine districts.

There’s also the Tarrant Regional Water District board races in which voters can pick two board members for at-large seats.

The board oversees a raw water utility that provides more than 117.5 billion gallons of water to 2.1 million people. TRWD is also the local sponsor for the Trinity River Vision project, known as Panther Island.

The $1.17 billion project aims to protect 2,400 acres with a river channel that would form an island near downtown. Though approved by Congress, it has not been fully funded.

For anyone voting early on Tuesday, Garcia advises them to remember to bring a photo ID, preferably a driver’s license and study the elections before showing up.

If you have questions, call Tarrant County elections administration at 817-831-8683.

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