It’s the happiest time of the year. Sure, the holidays are just around the corner, but more importantly, the midterm election is finally upon us.
TEXPAC has worked diligently this year, in concert with physician leaders and county medical societies, to evaluate the candidates for all levels of elected office across Texas. This multi-step process ensures that candidates are thoroughly vetted and that they will be active, strong advocates for medicine in Congress and the Texas Legislature, and fair arbiters in the judiciary.
Early voting begins today, Monday, Oct. 22, and ends Friday, Nov. 2. Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 6.
Some quick homework will prepare you to beat the crowds and take advantage of early voting. Review your statewide options, which can be found on this statewide sample ballot. You can find your specific candidates online where you verify your voter registration. And, of course, you can find the list of TEXPAC-endorsed candidates on the TEXPAC website.
“There are several extremely close and important races this election, and we absolutely must elect candidates who will turn to physicians for direction on critical votes about patient care and the business of medicine,” said Robert Rogers, MD, chair of TEXPAC, the Texas Medical Association’s bipartisan political arm. “We must support candidates who pledge to abide by TMA’s commitment to improve the health of all Texans.”
Notable candidates whom TEXPAC is proud to endorse and fully support include:
- Rep. Lance Gooden (R-Terrell) — for U.S. Representative, District 5;
- Rep. Michael Burgess, MD (R-Lewisville) — for reelection to U.S. Representative, District 26;
- Sen. Donna Campbell, MD (R-New Braunfels) — for reelection to Texas Senate, District 25;
- Sen. Joan Huffman (R-Houston) — for reelection to Texas Senate, District 17;
- Rep. Rodney Anderson (R-Grand Prairie) — for reelection to Texas House of Representatives, District 105;
- Rep. Sarah Davis (R-West University Place) — for reelection to Texas House of Representatives, District 134;
- Rep. Gary Elkins (R-Houston) — for reelection to Texas House of Representatives, District 135;
- Julie Johnson — Democrat and Dallas-area attorney running for election to Texas House of Representatives, District 115; and
- John Turner — Democrat and Dallas-area attorney running for election to Texas House of Representatives, District 114.
Check out the complete list of candidates that TEXPAC has endorsed. Print out the list or sample ballots and bring them to the polls to ensure you’re voting for the candidates you intend to select.
Here’s what you need to know to vote:
If your voter registration card has not arrived in the mail, visit the secretary of state office’s website to double-check you are registered to vote. If you are not registered, unfortunately it is too late to participate in the midterm election, but please register to vote in the primary election in March of 2020.
You can vote (and should) at any polling location in your home county throughout early voting. You will need to bring an acceptable form of a valid photo ID. You also can bring one of the alternate supporting forms of ID along with a completed Reasonable Impediment Declaration, which the polling location will provide.
More than half of all votes in midterm elections are cast during early voting — it’s that easy to do.
Early voting locations and polling location hours are posted online. During early voting, you can vote at any location where you see a “VOTE HERE” sign. Avoid election day lines and stop by when you’re out running errands or on your way home from work. It only takes a few minutes, but its impacts will be felt for years. VOTE EARLY.