Elections 2022IssuesStatewide NewsTexans Begin Voting Early in First General Election Since Enactment of Ballot Fraud Prevention Law

This is the first general election since the enactment of the Republican-backed Election Integrity Protection Act of 2021.
October 24, 2022
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Monday, October 24 is the first day for registered voters in Texas to cast ballots for governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, and a slew of other offices that will be ultimately decided in the general election on Tuesday, November 8.

The last day of early voting is Friday, November 4. The deadline to register to vote was earlier this month.

Visit The Texan’s 2022 War Room for more information about candidates and their campaigns’ fundraising numbers. The Texas Partisan Index also provides a rating of each district’s past performance for Republicans and Democrats.

Early voting hours can vary in different counties. The hours for early voting were the center of debate when the Texas Legislature considered the Election Integrity Protection Act of 2021, which was signed into law after Democrats fled the Capitol to break quorum in the regular session and two special sessions.

State law now requires that employers permit workers time off to vote during the early voting period. Early voting is also restricted to the hours of 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. and polling locations must be open for at least nine hours each day.

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Elections for local school boards and community college districts also begin Monday.

In order to vote by mail, the Texas secretary of state must receive an application by Friday, October 28. Applications received later than that will not be accepted even if they are postmarked by that date.

Gov. Greg Abbott is seeking a third term in office and is being challenged by Democratic nominee Beto O’Rourke. Likewise, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick is in a rematch with businessman Mike Collier, the Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor in 2018.

After his candidacy survived a primary runoff with Land Commissioner George P. Bush, Republican Attorney General Ken Paxton is facing Democratic nominee Rochelle Garza in the general election.

Names of many of the candidates in this year’s election can also be found on the secretary of state’s website. Sample ballots and other information concerning polling locations and hours can be found on each county’s website or on the Vote Texas website.

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Hayden Sparks

Hayden Sparks is a senior reporter for The Texan and a lifelong resident of the Lone Star State. He has coached competitive speech and debate and has been involved in politics since a young age. One of Hayden's favorite quotes is by Sam Houston: "Texas has yet to learn submission to any oppression, come from what source it may."