Wednesday, March 5, Texas Secretary of State Nandita Berry thanked Texans for a successful March 4 Election and then reminded voters to prepare for the May 27 Runoff Election.
"The election was smooth, secure and successful, despite some wintery weather in parts of the state on Election Day" said Secretary Berry. "Credit goes to the county election officials, their employees, party officials and the thousands of poll workers across the state who helped execute this election."
This was the first statewide election overseen by Secretary Berry and the second requiring photo ID for Texans casting ballots in person.
"We did not hear any reports of significant issues related to photo ID," said Secretary Berry. "Texans came to the polls prepared to show one of the seven forms of approved identification."
The March 4 Election will result in a number of statewide and local runoff elections for parties to determine general election candidates. Secretary Berry reminded voters about the rules surrounding primary election runoffs.
"If you voted in a party primary or participated in a convention, you can only vote in that same party's runoff" said Secretary Berry. "If you did not vote in the March 4 Primary you may still vote and can vote in the runoff election for either party." said Secretary Berry.
A voter's participation in either the primary election or the primary runoff has no bearing on his or her vote in the November general election.
Some important dates to remember for the May 27 Primary Runoff Election:
- The last day to register in time for the runoff is April 28.
- The first day to apply for ballot by mail is March 28 and the last day is May 16.
- Early voting runs from May 19 through May 23.
We implore our readers not to become apathetic or complaisant toward the voting process. We have reiterated, harped and shown how important a single vote can, IS and your single vote may be the single vote that impacts every person in the Great State of Texas. Voter turnout in Winkler County ranged from 14% up to roughly 22%, depending on the race. Statewide turnout was horribly slim – less than 10% of the registered voters took the time to cast their votes.
When we retired for the day –in the wee hours of Wednesday morning; vote tallying was still in progress in several Texas Counties. With time for the counting process to end –here are the majority tallies for the more important races: Locally and statewide. Unfortunately, there are still a few precincts that have not reported their tallies to the Secretary of State. There are links to the Texas Secretary of State website for races not listed here –toward the end of his posting.Read More...