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With municipal elections complete, early voting began Monday for Texas’ key primary races. Voters now have the opportunity to choose their party’s nominees after a four-month delay in the state, caused by an extended legal fight over the redrawing of political districts. This year’s voting to Texans has many unique problems. The delay in redrawing the political districts could mean challenges for some Republican candidates facing opposition from hard-core conservative activists. For those campaigning for those seats, it could mean the difference between a win or a lose relying upon only a few hundred thousand ballots out of 13.5 million registered voters.

According to the secretary of state’s office, early voting ends May 25. July 31 has been set for any races that require runoffs. The general election is Nov. 6.

In order to vote early by mail, a voter must meet one of three requirements:

1. Anyone 65 or older may vote early by mail.

2. Anyone disabled may vote early by mail.

3. Anyone who will be outside the county during early walk-in voting or on election-day may vote early by mail.

A voter who will be out of the county must tell, in their written request, why they will not be available to vote in-county,

To obtain a ballot to vote early, a written request must be received in the county clerk’s office May 22.Email ballot requests will be accepted under strict conditions.

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