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Dewhurst-Patrick debate set; deadlines near for May 27 runoff election

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and State Sen. Dan Patrick of Houston will square off May 2 in the only statewide debate planned so far before voting begins in the May 27 runoff election.

TAB is once again a key partner in the debate, providing statewide satellite distribution to TV stations, coordinating distribution to radio stations through Texas State Networks and arranging real-time Spanish-language translation.  The broadcast and streaming feeds are available to all media outlets in Texas.  Details

“If you did not vote in the March 4 Primary you may still vote and can vote in the runoff election for either party,” said Texas Secretary of State Nandita Berry in clarifying one of the more common points of confusion regarding Texas election law.

Berry’s office administers VOTETEXAS.GOV to help voters prepare for elections.

Important Deadlines for Voters

  • April 28 – Last day to register in time for the May 27 runoff
  • May 16 – Last day to apply for ballot by mail
  • May 19-May 23 – Early voting period

Acceptable Voter ID*

  • Texas driver license issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS)
  • Texas Election Identification Certificate issued by DPS
  • Texas personal identification card issued by DPS
  • Texas concealed handgun license issued by DPS
  • U.S. military identification card containing the person’s photograph
  • U.S. citizenship certificate containing the person’s photograph
  • U.S. passport

*Except for the citizenship certificate, the ID must be current or have expired no more than 60 days before being presented to vote.

The victor in the Dewhurst-Patrick race will face Democratic State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte of San Antonio in the November general election.

Other major primary runoffs include:

  • U.S. Senate Democratic nomination – Alameel vs. Rogers
  • State Attorney General GOP nomination – Branch vs. Paxton
  • State Senate GOP nominations in East Texas (Deuell vs. Bob Hall) and DFW (Shelton vs. Burton)
  • State Railroad Commissioner GOP nomination – Christian vs. Sitton
  • State Agriculture Commissioner:
    • GOP nomination – Merritt vs. Miller
    • Democratic nomination – Friedman vs. Hogan
  • Congressional GOP nominations:
    • Houston (Babin vs. Streusand)
    • San Antonio (Canseco vs. Hurd)
    • North Texas (Ralph Hall vs. Ratcliffe)

Questions?  Contact TAB's Oscar Rodriguez or call (512) 322-9944.

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