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2020 Voting Guide

10/12/2020 04:55PM ● By Luis Arjona

By: Luis Arjona   Illustration By: Luis Arjona

Hello Goblins and Ghouls! (In the spirit and levity of Halloween season).

Want to ensure your voice is heard? Now that you are registered to vote, it is time for the next step. That is right! It's time to VOTE. With Early Voting beginning on October 13th, 2020, we want to provide information to ensure Nueces County is full of informed voters!

Research the ballot

You wouldn't order the Chef's Special without asking what it is, would you? What about getting dressed without questioning what the weather would be like for the day?! Well, the same goes for Democracy. The answers to those questions are within your level of comfort and how you individually respond. So read up on the candidates, their stances, and what they each bring to the table. The Texas Tribune has made a reader-friendly guide to see who is on the ballots. You may click here for further information. Further candidate information can be found on the Texas Secretary of State website here

Ways to vote

Early Voting begins October 13th and lasts until October 30th. Within this range of time, voting locations will be open to serve voters. The next opportunity would then be on Election Day, which is Tuesday, November 3rd, 2020.

In Person: Be sure to bring valid identification (i.e., driver's license, military ID, Texas ID, U.S. passport, etc.). Voting locations for Early Voting will be shown here, and Election Day voting locations will be linked here. Please note the dates and times the voting centers will be open as they vary! Curbside Voting will also be available at all locations. Information is provided in the links. 

Mail-in or absentee: Due to the pandemic, people have opted to vote by mail. Once registered, voters may click here to access the Ballot by Mail application. You can then find more information regarding eligibility and how to submit it. Remember, your application must be received no later than the end of the 11th business day before Election Day. If the 11th day is a weekend or holiday, the deadline is the first preceding business day. Domestic ballots by mail must be received by Election Day at 7:00 p.m., or by 5:00 p.m. the next business day if postmarked by 7:00 p.m. on Election Day. Please read all instructions carefully and sign legibly to ensure your vote is not omitted for technical issues.

Further questions can be addressed on the Nueces County Elections Department Website.

We are lucky to have the right to vote. If you feel inundated and maybe a bit indifferent about this election, think about the person who doesn't have a voice and can't vote. Think about your neighbors and loved ones when you go to the polling centers!