Elections

Early voting for May 5 election begins Monday

Early voting for the May 5 local election runs from April 23-May 1, 2018.
Early voting for the May 5 local election runs from April 23-May 1, 2018. Star-Telegram

It's time to head back to the polls.

Early voting in the May 5 municipal and school board elections begin Monday.

Tarrant County voters will have the chance to elect city council and school board members, remove council members from office, weigh in on bond packages, such as the largest one in Fort Worth's history, and even undo economic development agreements council members already approved, such as the one in Keller.

Early voting runs from April 23-May 1.

This election isn't expected to draw as large a crowd to the polls as a gubernatorial or presidential election would.

"Local elections always draw a faithful but small crowd of voters," said Brandon Rottinghaus, a political science professor at the University of Houston. "The irony is that so many decisions are made by local officials and through local initiatives that more voters should pay attention.

"Voters who skip voting in local elections are functionally giving away their futures to a handful of largely unrepresentative voters."

Early voters may cast ballots at any of the county's early voting sites.

Election officials suggest voters read over sample ballots that are available online at the Tarrant County elections website (access.tarrantcounty.com/en/elections.html) before heading to the polls. And they remind Texans to bring their voter registration card and photo ID to the polls with them.

For information about early voting sites, or questions about early voting, contact the Tarrant County Elections Center at 817-831-8683.

Here's a look at where and when to vote early in Tarrant County:

Early voting

Early voting for the May 5 local election starts Monday and runs through May 1: 8 a.m. to 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. April 30-May 1.

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 N.W. 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

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.

Dan Echols Center, 6801 Glenview Dr., North Richland Hills

Diamond Hill Community Center, 1701 NE 36th St., Fort Worth

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

East Regional Library, 6301 Bridge St., Fort Worth

Euless Public Library, 201 N. Ector Drive

Elzie Odom Athletic Center, 1601 NE Green Oaks Blvd., Arlington

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

The REC of Grapevine, 1175 Municipal Way

Griffin Subcourthouse, 3212 Miller Ave., Fort Worth

Haltom City Northeast Center, 3201 Friendly Lane

Handley Church of Christ, 3029 Handley Dr., Fort Worth

Haslet Public Library, 100 Gammil St.

Hurst Recreation Center, 700 Mary Dr.

John M. Tidwell Middle School, 3937 Haslet-Roanoke Road, Roanoke

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

Keller Town Hall, 1100 Bear Creek Parkway

Kennedale Community Center, 316 W. Third St.

Longhorn Activity Center, 5350 Basswood Blvd., Fort Worth

Mansfield Subcourthouse, 1100 E. Broad St.

North Richland Hills Public Library, 9015 Grand Ave.

Richland Hills Public Library, 6724 Rena Dr.

River Oaks City Hall, 4900 River Oaks Blvd.

Rosemont Middle School, 1501 W. Seminary Dr., Fort Worth

Sendera Ranch Elementary School, 1216 Diamond Back Lane, Haslet

Sonny and Allegra Nance Elementary School, 701 Tierra Vista Way, Fort Worth

Southlake Town Hall, 1400 Main St.

South Service Center, 1100 SW Green Oaks Blvd., Arlington

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

Southwest Community Center, 6300 Welch Ave.

Tarrant County College Southeast Campus, EMB- C Portable Building, 2100 Southeast Parkway, Arlington

Tarrant County Plaza Building, 201 Burnett St.

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

Watauga City Hall, 7105 Whitley Road

White Settlement school district administration building, 401 South Cherry Lane

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

One temporary early voting site has been set up from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. April 24-26: UTA, Maverick Activities Center, 500 W. Nedderman Drive, Arlington.

Anna Tinsley: 817-390-7610, @annatinsley
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