Voters guide to Nov. 6 midterm election in Tarrant County and Texas

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Railroad commissioner? County Court-at-Law judge? County tax assessor-collector? When you head to the polls, know what the responsibilities are of the positions on your ballot. Here's a brief explainer on some of the key elected positions in Texas
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Railroad commissioner? County Court-at-Law judge? County tax assessor-collector? When you head to the polls, know what the responsibilities are of the positions on your ballot. Here's a brief explainer on some of the key elected positions in Texas

All right, Texans.

It’s almost time to head to the polls.

After listening to candidates for months — or in some cases, more than a year — now it’s time for voters to have their say.

Early voting for the Nov. 6 mid-term election runs from Oct. 22-Nov. 2.

If you are going to be out of town during early voting and on Election Day — or if you are at least 65 or disabled — you have until Oct. 26 to ask for a mail-in ballot. Applications for mail-in ballots may be downloaded from the Texas Secretary of State’s website and returned to county election officials by fax, mail or email.

If you haven’t already decided which candidates will get your vote — or whether to vote at all — then maybe these election stories published by the Star-Telegram will help.

Issue stories

Will Texas stay red or turn blue? Forget the polls. Just look at Tarrant County

Texas governor Greg Abbott: If Texas turns blue, ‘we will lose the (U.S.) forever

Democrats address divisiveness, ‘seeds of violence’ in U.S. at voting rally

Texans: Don’t let reports of flipped votes keep you from voting early

Texas election officials report complaints from voters who say machines flipped votes

When have so many Texans voted early in a midterm? Never

Tarrant County voters nearly broke a record Monday. Will you be voting early?

What races are on the Nov. 6 midterm election ballot?

Texas police confiscate political yard sign showing elephant with trunk up girl’s skirt

Never mind the whole Ted and Beto thing. The real question is will young Texans vote?

Texans: This year is your last chance to vote a straight party ticket. Will you take it?

It’s up to you, Texans. So don’t waste ‘your power in this country’

Can’t be bothered on election day? Here’s what happens when you don’t vote.

Millions of Texans have been giving their power away for decades — by not voting

Could President Trump be the best thing that ever happened to political activism?

Texas Republicans believe they squashed the blue wave. Democrats say 2018 isn’t over yet

Democrats drill money from conservative stronghold Fort Worth

U.S. Senate race

(More stories in this race can be found in the Star-Telegram’s U.S. Senate Voter Guide)

They don’t have much spare cash, but still send $5, $10 to Ted Cruz and Beto O’Rourke

Ted Cruz, Beto O’Rourke take battle for U.S. Senate face-to-face in first debate

There was almost a nice moment during an otherwise heated U.S. Senate debate

New Senate race poll drops — and it’s bad news for Beto

New day, new poll: This time it’s good news for Beto O’Rourke, bad news for Ted Cruz

After Willie Nelson says he’ll perform for Beto O’Rourke, some mad fans say ‘Now git!’

Why Beto’s campaign sign resembles the likeness of this Whataburger condiment

Donald Trump is coming back to Texas for Ted Cruz. Will the rally be in Fort Worth?

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz warns: Democrats ‘hate the president and they’re coming for Texas’

U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke says he’s ready to fight for all Texans — even Republicans

Meet the ‘new’ Texas Democrats fueling Beto O’Rourke’s race

Cruz says he ate a big 2012 campaign loan, but he’s still listing it as a top asset

Congressional races

CD 6

Replacing Joe Barton in Congress: Will this Texas district stay red or turn blue?

This judge read a claim of voter fraud in North Texas. Then he threw out the case

Democratic runoff winner: Voter fraud lawsuit is ‘pound of revenge’ in race for Joe Barton’s seat

Democratic runoff loser claims voter fraud in race for Joe Barton’s congressional seat

Democrat has more cash than Republican opponent in race to replace Joe Barton in Congress

He got a call from the White House to meet President Trump in Dallas. He said yes

Race to replace Joe Barton is down to two after runoffs. Here are Tuesday’s big winners.

CD 12

What’s needed more in the 12th Congressional District: Experience or a new approach?

Kay Granger talked immigration, Russia and McCain’s death. But only to a select group

Fort Worth protesters urge end of family separation policy at U.S.-Mexico border

Russia trip infuriates Granger critics: ‘We never know where she is’

Other races

They pick your kids’ textbooks and what they learn. Study about them before you vote.

Why this Texas Senate race is one to watch on Election Night

Tarrant lawmaker uses Dallas skyline in campaign flyer, sparking flare-up of DFW rivalry

Nearly $1.5 million sent to SD 10 race from West Texas oilfields, unions & musicians

Konni Burton, challenger spend big bucks in race for Texas’ only ‘swing’ Senate seat

Gloves come off in fight between Konni Burton and Beverly Powell for state Senate seat

A debate goes off the rails: Konni Burton, Beverly Powell on taxes

Will they or won’t they? The debate over debates rages in Tarrant and Texas politics

Why you don’t need to worry about red light cameras in Tarrant County

County OKs $800 million bond proposal for hospital upgrades. Now you get to vote on it.

Election information

For more information, local voters may 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.

Sample ballots are available online at the Tarrant County Election website.

Anna Tinsley: 817-390-7610, @annatinsley
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