Today is primary election day in Texas. Many of today’s Democratic and Republican primary ballots include candidates for state legislative offices as well as for the State Board of Education. Each party’s ballot also includes ballot propositions to influence the party’s platform.
Many races will be decided today, not on Election Day in November. This is because a particular party is dominant in the majority of districts in Texas, and some races only attract candidates from a single party. It is critical that we have a high voter turnout among education professionals in today’s primaries, where so many winners will be determined.
If you haven’t already voted during early voting, you need to get out there today! Most polls close at 7 p.m. tonight. Remember—you must vote today in your assigned precinct, and you must present a photo ID to vote. Learn more at TeachtheVote.org.
ATPE is a nonpartisan organization, and we provide candidate profiles on all candidates for the Texas legislature and SBOE on TeachtheVote.org. These profiles include responses to our candidate surveys, voting records, and contact information for campaigns, as well as endorsements by other organizations. If you’re still undecided, check out our website to learn where your candidates stand on public education issues.
Those who vote in the Republican primary will have the chance to decide on a ballot proposition to change the state party’s official platform in a way that affects ATPE and other professional organizations. Ballot proposition 3 supports an effort to take away Texas public employees’ right to have membership dues for professional organizations deducted automatically from their paychecks. For more information on the Republicans’ ballot measure 3, read TeachtheVote.org’s blog post explaining ATPE’s position.
Go vote! Encourage your friends, coworkers, and family members to do the same.