Election day is fast approaching, and with this year presenting some unique challenges, we wanted to provide you with a guide on how to be safe and smart at the polls.

Important Dates to Remember:

Registration deadlines

October 5

Early voting

Oct. 13 – Oct. 30, but dates and hours may vary based on where you live

Absentee/Mail In ballot deadlines

Request: Oct. 23

Return by mail: Postmarked by Nov. 3

Election day is Nov. 3

Are you registered?

Before you’ll be able to cast your vote, you have to be a registered voter in the county you plan to vote from. You can check your registration status here. And if you need to register, you’ll need to take care of that before October 5th, but you can get started here.

Where can you vote?

Once you’ve confirmed you are a registered voter, you have a few options for methods to actually submit your vote: by mail, or in person during early voting or on election day.

By mail:

If you choose to vote by mail, you must qualify and apply. To qualify you must be:

Early Voting:

Early voting will take place from October 13 – October 30. Dates and times may vary based on your location, but registered and eligible voters may vote at ANY early voting location located in your county. Be sure to check out your county clerk’s website for more information on poll locations and time.

On Election Day:

Election Day is Tuesday, November 3rd. There may be some changes in available poll locations from what was open during early voting, so check your county clerk’s website for Election Day polling locations. Election Day voting hours are 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. at all polling places statewide.

How can you vote safely according to state officials?

Why is it important to vote for the SBOE?

It’s a chance for you to share what you think about education standards by using your vote! Find the candidates that align with your values and think about what their impact would be on future education standards. Also, State Board of Education members represent HUGE amounts of people, about 1.8 million per person – that’s more than any other regional representative in the state, including the Texas House and Senate.

Who is running?

There are 8 seats on the State Board of Education up for election this year, including Districts 1, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15. We’ve listed the candidates below. You can see what district you live in here and preview your ballot here.

SBOE district breakdown:

District 1

District 5

Incumbent Ken Mercer (Republican Party) is not seeking re-election.

District 6

Incumbent Donna Bahorich (Republican Party) is not seeking re-election.

District 8

Incumbent Barbara Cargill (Republican Party) is not seeking re-election.

District 9

District 10

District 14

District 15

Incumbent Marty Rowley (Republican Party) is not seeking re-election.