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Time to head to the polls Tuesday. Just make sure you know where to go

Primary runoff election day in Tarrant County

Primary runoff election day at Tarrant County Sub-Courthouse in Mansfield, TX, Tuesday, May 22, 2018.
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Primary runoff election day at Tarrant County Sub-Courthouse in Mansfield, TX, Tuesday, May 22, 2018.

Make sure you know where to vote before heading to the polls Tuesday.

This is key on Election Day, officials say, because a number of polling places have changed.

At more than two dozen polling sites, ballots from only one party will be available, potentially impacting as many as 127,000 local voters on Election Day, Tarrant County Elections Administrator Heider Garcia said.

"This election is the election of the parties," Garcia said. "We just run it for them. Between the primary and the runoff, they decided to adjust polling locations based on turnout."

So some voters will have different polling sites because party officials consolidated multiple precincts into one location to save on money and staffing.

"I'm sure there will be a few people who are surprised," Garcia said. "People should verify their polling place ... or call us and we will tell you where to go."

Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday.

In the state's 30 largest counties, more than 379,000 people — 3.22 percent of the state's registered voters — cast early ballots either in person or by mail, Texas election records show.

That includes more than 32,000 voters in Tarrant County, 19,487 Republicans and 12,541 Democrats.

At stake in this election: nearly a dozen races left unsettled from the March 6 primary.

Republican primary runoff: 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.

Democratic primary runoff: 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.

If you voted in either primary, you are eligible to vote in that party's runoff. Registered voters who didn't vote in the primary may vote in either party's runoff.

"Every vote matters," Garcia said.

Good to know

In addition to knowing where your polling site is, election officials suggest voters review sample ballots online before heading to the polls. Information about both can be found online at access.tarrantcounty.com/en/elections.html.

Poll workers say it's not required for Texans to bring their voter registration cards to vote, but it is helpful. And voters must bring a photo ID with them to the polls.

State-approved photo IDs: Texas driver’s license, Texas Election Identification Certificate, Texas personal identification card, Texas license to carry a concealed handgun, U.S. military ID card with photo, U.S. citizenship certificate with photo and U.S. passport.

Anyone who doesn’t have one of those IDs, and can’t get one before voting, may show another form of identification and fill out a "reasonable impediment declaration."

Anyone 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 1-800-252-8683.

Anna Tinsley: 817-390-7610, @annatinsley

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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