Voting guide 101: What voters need to know for the Nov. 8 Texas midterm elections

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HOUSTON – Texas voters will have a chance to cast their votes for the midterm elections on Nov. 8 for several statewide and local seats.

The governor’s race will be a big one as Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott is in the race with Democratic challenger Beto O’Rourke, once again. A Democrat has not held the seat since 1995. Abbott is seeking his third term.

Polls are open in Texas from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Nov. 8.

You can check to make sure you are registered to vote in Texas here.

Photo identification is required to vote in person in all Texas elections. Here are the acceptable forms of ID:

If you are eligible to vote by mail and submitted your application by the Oct. 28 deadline, the ballot must be turned in by 7 p.m. on Nov. 8.

If you encounter problems at the polls, you may ask to cast a Provisional Ballot. Page 3 of the League of Women Voters Houston Voters Guide has information about “curing” a provisional ballot.

You can also call the Election Protection Hotline, 1.866.OUR VOTE (687.8683), if you believe your right to vote is being unlawfully denied or impeded.

Under Texas law, people are not allowed to use wireless communications devices within 100 feet of voting stations. In addition, mechanical and electronic devices cannot be used to record sound or images within the same distance of the polls.

At polling locations, a person may not wear apparel that relates to a candidate, measure, or political party appearing on that election’s ballot. People violating the attire policy within 100 feet of the polling place entrance may be asked to remove or cover up the apparel before entering the building.

Voters needing assistance at the polls due to conditions laid out in Section 208 of the Voting Rights Act (VRA) can find information here.

Below are some of the races and candidates that voters will see on the Nov. 8 ballot. For results on election night, visit Click2Houston.com or bookmark this page. KPRC 2+ will have live election night results and analysis hosted by Houston Newsmakers host Khambrel Marshall starting at 7 p.m. You can watch through the streaming device on your TV, on Click2Houston.com, or on the KPRC 2/Click2Houston news app.


November 2022 Races

Governor

  • Greg Abbott - Republican (Incumbent)
  • Beto O’Rourke - Democrat
  • Mark Tippetts - Libertarian
  • Delilah Barrios - Green Party

Attorney General

  • Ken Paxton - Republican (Incumbent)
  • Rochelle Garza - Democrat
  • Mark Ash - Libertarian

Lieutenant Governor

  • Dan Patrick - Republican (Incumbent)
  • Mike Collier - Democrat
  • Shanna Steele - Libertarian

Agriculture Commissioner

  • Sid Miller - Republican (Incumbent)
  • Susan Hays - Democrat

Land Commissioner

  • Dawn Buckingham - Republican
  • Jay Kleberg - Democrat
  • Alfred Molision - Green Party

Comptroller

  • Glenn Hegar - Republican (Incumbent)
  • Luke Warford - Democrat
  • Jaime Andres Diez - Libertarian

Railroad Commissioner

  • Wayne Christian - Republican (Incumbent)
  • Luke Warford - Democrat
  • Jaime Andres Diez - Libertarian
  • Hunter Crow - Green Party

Texas Supreme Court

Supreme Court Place 3
  • Debra Lehrmann - Republican (Incumbent)
  • Erin A. Nowell - Democrat
  • Tom Oxford - Libertarian
Supreme Court Place 5
  • Rececca Aizpuru Huddle - Republican (Incumbent)
  • Amanda Reichek - Democrat
Supreme Court Place 9
  • Evan Young - Republican
  • Julia Maldonado - Democrat

Texas Court of Criminal Appeals

Criminal Appeals Place 2
  • Mary Lou Keel
Criminal Appeals Place 5
  • Scott Walker - Republican (Incumbent)
  • Dana Huffman - Democrat

Harris County Judge

  • Lina Hidalgo - Democrat (Incumbent)
  • Alexandra Mealer - Republican

[Click here for the full list of candidates for the Nov. 8 Texas midterm elections]

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