Electronic devices, including mobile phones and tablets, may NOT be used for any purpose while at the polls.
The Voters Guide covers races that will be decided in a contested primary election, which at this time is the method used by the Democratic and Republican political parties. To learn more about how to participate in the selection of nominees for parties that use the convention process, please contact that party.
By state law, the Green and Libertarian Parties select their candidates using a convention process. These parties may nominate candidates for any office that will appear on the General Election ballot and multiple candidates may seek their Party’s nomination for any office.
If you wish to participate in the selection of Green or Libertarian Party nominees, you MAY NOT vote in the March 3 Primary. Each voter may only participate in the nominee selection process of ONE party (Democrat, Green, Libertarian or Republican). When casting their ballot in the November General Election, however, voters may vote for the nominees of any party.
For more information about the Green Party and participating in their nominating convention, please go to: http://www.txgreens.org/
For more information about the Libertarian Party and participating in their nominating convention, please go to: http://www.lptexas.org/2020_candidates
Judges make decisions about fundamental issues that affect all of us—family life, education, healthcare, housing, employment, finances, discrimination, civil rights, public safety, and government actions. Those decisions can have long-lasting impact on individuals, groups, and the public as a whole. It is critical that our judges make fair decisions based upon open-minded and unbiased consideration of the facts and the law in each case. Judges must know the law and not be influenced by any external political and economic factors.
According to the American Bar Association, principles to consider in selection of judges include:
Unlike candidates for most political offices, judicial candidates cannot make promises about decisions they would make when certain issues or types of cases come up in their court. Questions posed to judges, therefore, focus on improvements they would make to their court, the need for impartiality and how they would increase access to justice.
The Texas court system is made up of a statewide network of trial courts and appellate courts. In trial courts, judges and/or juries evaluate the facts and the law and make a decision in a civil or criminal legal dispute. When decisions in most trial courts are appealed, they are sent to an appellate court where judges consider what happened at the trial court, evaluate legal arguments, and then decide if a mistake was made. See https://www.txcourts.gov/media/1444966/court-structure-chart-october-2019.pdf for a chart of the Texas court structure.
The state’s two highest courts, the Texas Supreme Court and the Court of Criminal Appeals, have both administrative and appellate responsibilities. The Supreme Court is the final court of appeals within Texas for both civil and juvenile cases. The Court of Criminal Appeals hears criminal cases that are appealed from one of the 14 Courts of Appeals and death penalty cases that by law go straight to the Court of Criminal Appeals. Members of the Texas Supreme Court and the Court of Criminal Appeal are elected for six-year terms, with three elected every two years. Vacancies on either of these two courts are filled by gubernatorial appointment until the next general election.
The Propositions on the Primary Ballot are a sort of straw poll of primary voters’ opinions. Voters will find Propositions on both the Democratic and Republican ballots. Each political party places it own list of non-binding propositions on the ballot to allow their Primary voters to weigh-in on what they think should become the guiding principles of the party that are then reflected in their party’s state or national party platforms.
Unlike in other elections, voters are not deciding to enact new laws, approve new taxes or amend the Texas Constitution.