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Polls are open for the second election this month — the primary runoff. Are you voting?

These are the candidates you’ll see on the Tarrant County primary runoff ballots in May

For the May 2018 Tarrant County primary runoff races, voters will be given a ballot with either Republican or Democratic candidates. Here are all of the races and candidates on both ballots.
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For the May 2018 Tarrant County primary runoff races, voters will be given a ballot with either Republican or Democratic candidates. Here are all of the races and candidates on both ballots.

Update: On Monday, the first day of early voting, 2,822 voters cast ballots in Tarrant County. Of those, 1,871 were R's; 952 were D's.

Hope you haven't put away your voter registration card just yet.

There's another election this month — the May 22 primary runoff, where voters will finally resolve some primary races left up in the air back in March — and early voting started Monday and runs through Friday.

Election officials encourage voters to take their registration card, a photo ID and head to the polls sooner than later.

"It's impossible to predict how many will turn out," said Heider Garcia, Tarrant County's elections administrator. "But every vote counts."

Garcia said he hopes to help boost voter turnout for this election, particularly because several races in the recent May 5 local election were won or lost by less than a handful of votes.

"Every vote makes a difference," he said. "Make sure you gear up and go out and vote."

Races on the Republican ballot in Tarrant County: 6th Congressional District, Ron Wright, J.K. "Jake" Ellzey; 342nd District Judge, Pat Gallagher, Kimberly Fitzpatrick; Probate Court No. 1: Patricia Cole, Chris Ponder; County tax assessor-collector, Mike Snyder, Wendy Burgess; Justice of the Peace Precinct 4, Christopher "Chris" Gregory, Jacquelyn Wright; and Justice of the Peace Precinct 6, Jason Charbonnet, Chris Garcia.

Races on the Democratic ballot in Tarrant County: 6th Congressional District, Jana Lynne Sanchez, Ruby Faye Woolridge; 25th Congressional District, Chris Perri, Julie Oliver; Governor, Andrew White, Lupe Valdez; and Justice of the Peace Precinct 7, Frieda Porter, Kenneth D. Sanders.

May elections generally don't draw large crowds of voters to the polls.

The May 5 local election, for example, drew around 63,000 Tarrant County voters — 6 percent of the more than 1 million local voters — to the polls, Tarrant County election records show.

Compare that to the March turnout, when 75,385 local Democrats and 109,540 local Republicans cast ballots.

"Runoffs have fewer (races) than regular primaries, they are lower profile, and they are in (the) summer when people’s thoughts turn to swimming pools," said Jim Riddlesperger, a political science professor at TCU. "Add to that the general dissatisfaction with politics to begin with.

"The old adage is that failure to vote means that we simply allow others — with interests different from ours — to make decisions for us," he said. "That has real policy implications."

Local voters with questions about the election should call the Tarrant County Elections Office at 817-831-8683. Voters statewide may call the Secretary of State’s Office at 1-800-252-VOTE. Sample ballots are on the Tarrant County Elections website, access.tarrantcounty.com/en/elections.html.

Early voting

Early voting for the May 22 runoff runs through Friday, May 18.

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

Benbrook Community Center, 228 San Angelo Ave., Benbrook

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 Recreation Center, 405 S. Oak St., Crowley

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

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

East Pointe Church of Christ, formerly known as Handley Church of Christ, 3029 Handley Dr., Fort Worth

Hurst Recreation Center, 700 Mary Dr.

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.

Northeast Courthouse, 645 Grapevine Highway, Hurst

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

Sheriff's Office North Patrol Division, 6651 Lake Worth Blvd., Lake 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 Plaza Building, 201 Burnett St.

Tarrant County College Southeast Campus, EMB, portable building C, 2100 Southeast Parkway, Arlington

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

White Settlement Public Library, 8215 White Settlement Road, White Settlement

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

Temporary sites

Several temporary early voting sites have special days and hours. They are:

8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday: Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Naylor Student Center, 1900 W. Boyce Ave.; Texas Wesleyan University, Brown-Lupton Student Center, 1108 South Collard St.; UNT Health Science Center, MET 2nd floor mezzainine, 1000 Mongtomery St.

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

Anna Tinsley: 817-390-7610, @annatinsley
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