Today marks the unofficial beginning of the voting season with the grand finale coming on November 3rd, 2020 for the Presidential election. Starting today, February 18th, all the way to February 28th is early voting for Democrat and Republican primary. Many locations are open in Brazoria County with convenient hours. Every day is open from 7 am to 7 pm except on Sunday, February 23rd where it will open at 1 pm and close at 6 pm. One of the less-known advantages of voting early is you can go to any location within your county of residence. On election day (Super Tuesday), Tuesday, March 3rd you will only be able to go vote in your precinct. If you did not already register to vote for this primary election, it is unfortunately too late. Registration needs to be received 30 days before an election and that date was February 3rd.
Primary voting is an important step as both parties get to choose their nominees who will be on the ballot comes November 3rd. When you check-in at the voting place you will have to tell the poll worker for which party you intend to vote for the primary. You are only allowed to vote for the candidates of one party during the primary election season. You can’t vote Republican now and Democrat if there is a runoff later in May or vice versa.
A primary election candidate needs to have at least 50% of the vote to win. If nobody gets to 50% due to splitting of the vote between several candidates, only the top two will move on to the runoff. Basically anybody who wins an election needs to have at least 50% of the vote. If you did not register to vote for this primary you will still be able to do it for the runoff by April 27th. Check this website if you want to know how to register.
To know who the candidates are in your precinct please click here to go to the Brazoria County County Clerk website. Don’t forget your ID if you do go vote!!