Texas Primary Runoff Election: July 31, 2012 (Early Voting 7/23-27)

There are still some runoff elections as a result of undecided primary races. To vote in the runoffs, you must have voted in that party’s primary. [8/1/2012: This is apparently only partially accurate. Please see the CORRECTION at the bottom of this post. – Mike]

For early voting and ballot information in Harris County (my home area, encompassing most of Houston) you can visit this site: http://harrisvotes.org/.

(Non-Texas voters may find some useful info for their localities here: http://gottavote.org/en/?choose-state=true)

I try to maintain some general voting and political reference material here: https://thinkwingradio.com/political-information-and-resources/

Your state may vary, but the information in Texas is as follows:

The early voting period for the July 31st Runoff Election is July 23 – 27, 2012.

From VoteTexas.org: Any registered voter may vote early by personal appearance (in person). Early voting by personal appearance for the July 31, 2012, Primary Runoff Election begins on July 23, 2012, and ends on July 27, 2012. You may vote at any early voting location in your county of registration.

July 31, 2012 – Primary Runoff Election

You can see a list of runoffs for Texas Statewide positions (US Senator, etc.)  here: http://www.sos.state.tx.us/elections/candidates/,  and here: http://votetexas.gov/voting/what.

You can contact the Texas Secretary of State (SoS) about election-related questions or complaints here: http://votetexas.gov/contact/

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CORRECTION: Thanks for this submission by J J Smith, on 2012/08/01 at 6:28 AM | In reply to ThinkWingRadio.

New News for all of us….. From http://votetexas.gov/faq/registration#1120:
Q. Does a voter have to vote in the primary election in order to vote in a runoff-election or on November 6, 2012?

A. A voter does not have to vote in the May 29, 2012 primary election in order to qualify to vote in a primary run-off election on July 31, 2012, OR in the general election on November 6, 2012. If you voted in one party’s primary on May 29, 2012, then you may not vote in the other party’s runoff on July 31, 2012. Remember if you signed a petition in lieu of filing fee for a candidate for one party, you many not vote in another party’s primary or primary runoff that voting year (2012). Whether you voted or not in the primary, you may vote for whomever you choose in November. Party affiliations expire on December 31.

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7 thoughts on “Texas Primary Runoff Election: July 31, 2012 (Early Voting 7/23-27)

  1. “To vote in the runoffs, you must have voted in that party’s primary.”
    Apparently that is not true any more. My son didn’t get to vote in the primary, but he was allowed to vote in the runoff today without question.

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      • I agree. I had believed that to be true for years (and I was an election judge in the early 2000s). I had told my son to be prepared to not be allowed to vote, but he said there was not even a question. You know how they USED to stamp your voter ID card when you voted in the primary? They don’t do that any more, so maybe when that changed is when they changed the requirement of voting in the primary to vote in a runoff.

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      • I’m with you on this,and for the same reasons. I had also been an election judge 10 or 15 years ago, and I’ve been a poll watcher. In the most recent primary, I had my voter ID stamped, but if someone presents a driver’s license, I can see how that gets more challenging, administratively speaking.

        Maybe we were both remembering ‘old’ rules.

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      • New News for all of us…..
        From http://votetexas.gov/faq/registration#1120:
        Does a voter have to vote in the primary election in order to vote in a runoff-election or on November 6, 2012?

        A.
        A voter does not have to vote in the May 29, 2012 primary election in order to qualify to vote in a primary run-off election on July 31, 2012, OR in the general election on November 6, 2012. If you voted in one party’s primary on May 29, 2012, then you may not vote in the other party’s runoff on July 31, 2012. Remember if you signed a petition in lieu of filing fee for a candidate for one party, you many not vote in another party’s primary or primary runoff that voting year (2012). Whether you voted or not in the primary, you may vote for whomever you choose in November. Party affiliations expire on December 31.

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    • I have a further clarification of the run-off voting rule from Gerry Birnberg, the former HCDP chair:
      “As far as a requirement to have voted in the primary, that is a requirement of the Texas Democratic Party Rules only — not the Texas Election Code. In fact, I have argued for years that it is an illegal requirement because it adds a requirement to hold elective office which is not in the statute. But I came up with a way around it — if you don’t vote in the primary, you can still sign an Oath of Affiliation and that takes care of the problem. (The TDP rule says either vote in the primary or sign an oath of affiliation.)”

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