There’s a lot of information on this website, and several ways to find what you’re looking for.
Information about voting
The About Voting section has information about registering to vote, important dates in the election calendar, and general information about voting. It also explains how to get a sample ballot, which is an important first step to determining what you might want to investigate before heading to the voting booth (what you’ll be voting on). It also shows how to find out where to go to vote.
From the top menu, either click on “About Voting” or one of the pages that appear when you hover over it. Or, you can use the “Voting Quick Reference” menu to get to specific pages quickly.
Getting a sample ballot
There are a lot of people running for lots of offices! Luckily, you don’t have to pay attention to every race.
Tarrant County provides a nice online tool to find out who represents you. It also has an option to download your specific sample ballot…what you’ll see when you go to the voting booth. Armed with this information, you can investigate and decide who or what you want to vote for in the election. And we’re here to help with your investigation.
The Voting! page (link opens in new window) shows how to get a sample ballot.
Information about elected offices and candidates
The 2018 Primary Candidates section is broken out into three main categories: Tarrant County, Texas, and US Congress. You will have an opportunity to vote for a candidate in many of the offices listed here, including US Senator, Texas Governor, or other Texas statewide offices.
Some, however, are defined by geographic areas, known as districts. You only vote for candidates running in the district you live in. This will apply for US House of Representatives, Texas Senators or Representatives, or many Tarrant County offices.
How do you know what district you live in? If you’ve received a voter registration card, the district numbers for these positions is shown there. Or, you can find this information in an easy lookup online. Check out the Voting! page for the step-by-step process.
For example, if your card or online information shows that your “US Rep” district is 24, here’s how to see who’s running for that office. Follow this path: 2018 Primary Candidates –> US Congress –> US House of Representatives –> District 24. You can either get to this page by drilling down from the top menu or clicking through individual pages.
At the top of each page, you’ll see a description of what the job does and the salary for it. Then there’s a section for Who’s Running (Democrat’s names show in blue; Republican’s names are in red).
Under that is a section for Candidate Q&A. We sent questions to all candidates in contested primary races. If they responded, you’ll see their answers.
Looking for a specific candidate or office
If you have your voting card or have found your representative online, you can search directly by position or name. Just put in the info you know into this box and search.
About our sources
Information about candidates was drawn from publicly available information, such as the filing report by the Texas Secretary of State https://webservices.sos.state.tx.us/candidate-filing/cf-report.aspx. Volunteers searched for links to candidate websites and social media, and tried to ensure that campaign sites, not personal ones, were used. Addresses and emails, drawn from public filing information, were used only if no other online information was available.
Questions were submitted to candidates in mid-January. Candidates were asked to respond by Jan 31, 2018. If no responses were received, this is indicated in the candidate’s listing. All responses received are reproduced here as they were submitted, and have not been edited. Neither this website, nor the organizations that produced it, are responsible for the accuracy of the statements made.