Elections 101
Elections 101

Election Guides

Primary elections are here! Early voting lasts from February 14th to February 25th and Election Day is on March 1st. 

 

Primary elections are super important because they allow you to shape the priorities, tactics, and even the diversity of the political party you align with. But unfortunately, they also usually suffer from low voter turnout and voting in them can be confusing because there are a lot of names and positions on the ballot. 

 

But don’t worry… because that’s why we’re here!

 

 Below, you’ll find guides that go over all the basics and break down some of the lesser known (but still really important) local races that you’ll see on your ballot this election cycle. 

 

You can also find these guides on our Instagram page –  @The_Austin_Common

 

One quick tip – You might want to find your sample ballot at VoteTravis.com before diving into these guides. Many of the local races are divided into districts, which means that only parts of the county can vote in them. By getting your personalized sample ballot, you’ll be able to know exactly which districts you live in. 

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Primary Elections 101

The basics of what primary election are and what you can expect to see on your ballot. Read this guide first.

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Travis County Commissioner Precinct 2

Everything you need to know about one of the most important local races on your ballot this election - the Travis County Commissioner Precinct 2 Democratic primary. (For people who live in central/west Travis County.)

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Travis County Commissioner Precinct 4

Everything you need to know about one of the most important local races on your ballot this election - the Travis County Commissioner Precinct 4 Democratic primary. (For people who live in southeast Travis County.)

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Your Guide To The Texas Primaries: Travis County Edition

Get more of an in-depth look at the candidates running in the Travis County Commissioner races (Precinct 2 & 4) with this podcast episode of The Austin Common Radio Hour.

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Texas House District 51

Everything you need to know about one of the most important state-level races on your ballot this election cycle - the Democratic primary for Texas House District 51.

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Judicial Elections 101

Everything you need to know about all of those local (county-level) judicial races on your ballot. We've also included interviews with all of the judicial candidates running in this guide.

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Your Guide To The Texas Primaries: Texas Legislature Edition

Get more of an in-depth look at the candidates running in the Texas House District 51 Democratic primary with this episode of The Austin Common Radio Hour.

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If You're Voting In The Travis County Democratic Primary

A list of everything that will be on your ballot if you're voting in the Travis County Democratic primary election.

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If You're Voting In The Travis County Republican Primary

A list of everything that will be on your ballot if you're voting in the Travis County Republican primary election.

The basics of what primary election are and what you can expect to see on your ballot. Read this guide first.

Everything you need to know about one of the most important local races on your ballot this election – the Travis County Commissioner Precinct 2 Democratic primary. (For people who live in central/west Travis County.)

Everything you need to know about one of the most important local races on your ballot this election – the Travis County Commissioner Precinct 2 Democratic primary. (For people who live in southeast Travis County.)

Get more of an in-depth look at the candidates running in the Travis County Commissioner races (Precinct 2 & 4) with this podcast episode of The Austin Common Radio Hour.

Everything you need to know about one of the most important state-level races on your ballot this election cycle – the Democratic primary for Texas House District 51.

Everything you need to know about all of those local (county-level) judicial races on your ballot. We’ve also included interviews with all of the judicial candidates running in this guide.

Get more of an in-depth look at the candidates running in the Texas House District 51 Democratic primary with this episode of The Austin Common Radio Hour.

A list of everything that will be on your ballot if you’re voting in the Travis County Democratic primary election.

A list of everything that will be on your ballot if you’re voting in the Travis County Republican primary election.