Elections 101
Elections 101

Election Guides

Even though we just had an election on May 7th, another one is right around the corner! The May 7th election saw the passage of Prop A (decriminalizing marijuana and banning no-knock warrants in Austin) and two statewide propositions about property taxes.

 

The May 24th election is a primary runoff (and early voting lasts through May 20th). You might remember that back in March, we had primary elections for several county and state races. (Primary elections are when you get to choose which candidates from your own political party will run in the general election in November.) Well, several of those races had so many people running that no single candidate received more than 50 percent of the vote, forcing a runoff election with the top two vote-getters. That’s what’s happening now.

 

Here’s the major races you’ll see on your ballot if you’re voting in the Democratic primary runoff:

  • US Representative, District 21

  • Lieutenant Governor

  • Attorney General

  • Comptroller

  • Land Commissioner

And if you’re voting in the Republican primary runoff:

  • US Representative, District 35

  • US Representative, District 37

  • Attorney General

  • Land Commissioner

  • Railroad Commissioner

  • State Representative, District 19

 

Below are the original guides we created for the primary elections back in March. Many of these runoffs are mentioned in the guides below. You can also visit Vote411.org for more information about the primary runoff elections in Texas. 

 

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.)

Episode 27

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.

Episode 28

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.