Republicans and Democrats alike are set to go to the polls soon to cast their ballots in the 2018 Primary Election. These elections occur in even-numbered years, several months before the November General Election. The purpose of the primary is for both parties to choose who represents them in November General Election. This year, 2018, is considered a mid-term election since it is not a Presidential election year.

In Texas, many statewide office holders, including Governor Greg Abbott, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and U.S. Senator Cruz and up for re-election. Additionally, all U.S. Congressmen and State of Texas House of Representative members must run.

This year, the first day of early voting is Monday, February 20th and it runs through Friday, March 2nd. That's two weeks to vote early in case you can't make it to the polls on Primary Day, March 6th. You may also apply to vote by mail, but your request must be received by your local county election office by Friday, February 23rd.

Also, you will want to remember your identifying information, such as a voter registration card, photo identification, such a state-issued driver's license, identification card or a U.S.-issued passport. These do not have to be current, and may be up to 4 years expired. If you do not or cannot obtain one of these cards, you will still be allowed to vote. If you have questions about voting, the Texas Secretary of State's office can help at 1-800-252-8636.