Whatever their motivation, Texas voters are speaking up in record numbers this year.
More votes have been cast in the state’s 30 most-populous counties during early voting than were cast statewide during the entire 2014 midterm. During the past two weeks of early voting, 4.88 million ballots were cast, or 39.9 percent of registered voters. That’s up from 4.72 million, or 33.4 percent, in 2014.
Election Day is today, Tuesday, Nov. 6.
Some of these 30 fast-growth counties are seeing early turnout approaching 50 percent, and all are seeing young voters turn out in droves. It is not outside the realm of possibility that Texas will exceed the number of votes cast during the 2016 presidential election, which always spur higher turnout.
Voters across the country are saying that health care is their paramount concern. The Texas Medical Association and TEXPAC couldn’t agree more.
Depending on the outcome of some of the races that TMA is watching, the next legislative session could be an interesting one, indeed. At the very least, a new speaker of the House of Representatives will be elected, which will determine who chairs and serves on which committees. And that has the potential to impact TMA’s advocacy.
Some quick homework will make voting go smoothly. Review your statewide options, which can be found on this statewide sample ballot. You can find the candidates on your precinct's ballot online, where you also can verify your voter registration. And, of course, you can find the list of TEXPAC-endorsed candidates on the TEXPAC website.
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’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 next primary election in March 2020.
You can find your polling place on the Secretary of State’s website. 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. And be in line at your polling location before 7 pm.
Stand up for your profession. Every single vote counts. And matters. Vote today.