Early voting for the 2018 midterm elections starts 8 a.m. today! Lewisville Texans are now able to make their voices heard in several national, state and local-level elections.
Voting early carries several advantages over waiting until election day, Nov. 6. The lines are generally shorter and voters are not required to go to their designated precinct, meaning all Denton County registered voters may vote at any Denton County voting location.
Where to vote:
The two early voting locations most convenient to Lewisville are the Lewisville Municipal Annex, 1197 W. Main St. in Lewisville, and Flower Mound Municipal Court, 4150 Kirkpatrick Lane in Flower Mound. Both of these locations will be open-
Monday – Friday, Oct. 22-26: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 27: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 28: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Monday – Friday, Oct. 29 – Nov. 2: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Election day locations will be open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 6, but voters will be restricted to their precinct location.
What’s on the ballot:
For Texans, the marquee vote is for the U.S. Senate between incumbent Ted Cruz (R- Texas) and U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D- El Paso). In six years since his election in 2012, Cruz has become a household name nationwide after forcing a 17-day government shutdown in 2013 and taking a run at the presidency in 2016, coming in a distant second to eventual winner Donald Trump for the Republican nomination. Cruz has remained a prominent senator in the two years since. O’Rourke has also earned national attention as his challenger, to the point of debates being televised and viewed nationwide.
The other statewide elections are for Governor and Lieutenant Governor. The race for the big job is between incumbent Greg Abbott, Democratic challenger Lupe Valdez and Libertarian Mark Tippetts, and the race for the no. 2 position is between incumbent Dan Patrick, Democrat Mike Collier and Libertarian Kerry McKennon.
Lewisville Texans will also choose between incumbent Michael Burgess (R- Lewisville) and challenger Linsey Fagan (D- Keller) for the U.S. House of Representatives. Burgess has represented the 26th District since 2002.
In state government level, Lewisville is split between Districts 63 and 65. District 63 voters will choose between 11-year incumbent Tan Parker (R- Flower Mound) and Laura Haines (D- Lewisville), and District 65 voters will choose between 5-year incumbent Ron Simmons (R- Carrollton) and Michelle Beckley (D- Carrollton).
In local races, Lewisville Texans will weigh in on a new Denton County Judge with incumbent Mary Horn stepping down after 16 years. Republican Andy Eads and Democrat Diana Leggett are vying to replace her. At the hyper-local level, Republican James Kerbow and Democrat Marianne Poer Vander Stoep are running to become the next precinct 3 justice of the peace.
To find your full personalized ballot or your election day polling location, go to votedenton.com/upcoming-election-information/ now. Again, The Lewisville Texan Journal recommends citizens vote early, as these votes are not restricted by location.