Today is the deadline to register to vote in time for the 2018 p - KXXV-TV News Channel 25 - Central Texas News and Weather for Waco, Temple, Killeen |

Today is the deadline to register to vote in time for the 2018 primaries

Monday, Feb. 5 is the last day in Texas to register to vote. (Source: KXXV) Monday, Feb. 5 is the last day in Texas to register to vote. (Source: KXXV)
TEXAS (KXXV) -

By Rishika Dugyala, The Texas Tribune

Editor's note: This story was originally published a week before the voter registration deadline. It has been updated to reflect that the Feb. 5 deadline is today.

Texas will host the first statewide primaries of 2018 on March 6 and for Texans who want to take part, Monday, Feb. 5, is the deadline to register to vote. 

For both Democrats and Republicans, the race for U.S. Senate will be at the top of the ballot. U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz is vying against four other Republicans in his bid for re-election and U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke, D-El Paso, is the most well-known of three Democrats aiming to unseat him.

Eight Texans in the U.S. House aren't running for re-election, which has led to some packed races to replace them, including 18 Republicans and four Democrats running for the seat U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith, R-San Antonio, has held for more than 30 years. And three Republicans running for re-election — U.S. Reps. John Culberson of Houston, Pete Sessions of Dallas and Will Hurd of Helotes — have emerged as top targets for Democrats in November, creating higher stakes in the Democratic primaries for those districts.

At the state level, nine candidates are crowding the Democratic gubernatorial primary, with the highest-profile being former Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez and Houston entrepreneur Andrew White, son of late Texas Gov. Mark White. And Republican Land Commissioner George P. Bush is facing three primary challengers including Jerry Patterson, who previously held the job. 

Lower on the ballotall of the seats in the Texas House of Representatives and half of those in the Texas Senate are up for re-election.

Here’s how Texans who haven't yet registered to vote can do so in time for the March 6 primary:

Voters need to submit their applications at least 30 days in advance of an election. Registering online isn't an option in Texas.

To register, Texans can fill out an application in person at their county voter registrar’s office or pick up a copy at other locations including local libraries and most post offices and high schools. They can also print out the application online or request it through the mail

Voters must submit their registration to the county where they are a resident, according to the Texas Secretary of State’s website. Mailed applications must be postmarked before or on the Feb. 5 deadline.

You can look up if you're already registered to vote at the Texas Secretary of State’s website.

Early voting starts on Feb. 20.

This article originally appeared in The Texas Tribune at https://www.texastribune.org/2018/02/05/texans-have-one-week-left-register-vote-time-2018-primaries/.

Texas Tribune mission statement

The Texas Tribune is a nonprofit, nonpartisan media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them — about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues.

  • NewsMore>>

  • Jury gets case after Cosby painted as predator, victim

    Jury gets case after Cosby painted as predator, victim

    Wednesday, April 25 2018 12:26 AM EDT2018-04-25 04:26:54 GMT
    Wednesday, April 25 2018 11:59 AM EDT2018-04-25 15:59:39 GMT
    (AP Photo/Matt Slocum). Bill Cosby departs after his sexual assault trial near a cloud of bubbles blown by a protester, Tuesday, April 24, 2018, at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa.(AP Photo/Matt Slocum). Bill Cosby departs after his sexual assault trial near a cloud of bubbles blown by a protester, Tuesday, April 24, 2018, at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa.

    Jurors at Bill Cosby's sexual assault retrial are poised to start deliberating after a marathon day of closing arguments.

    More >>

    Jurors at Bill Cosby's sexual assault retrial are poised to start deliberating after a marathon day of closing arguments.

    More >>
  • Trump travel ban is focus of Supreme Court's last arguments

    Trump travel ban is focus of Supreme Court's last arguments

    Wednesday, April 25 2018 12:49 AM EDT2018-04-25 04:49:52 GMT
    Wednesday, April 25 2018 11:58 AM EDT2018-04-25 15:58:21 GMT
    (AP Photo/Jessica Gresko). In this April 23, 2018, photo, people wait in line outside the Supreme Court in Washington, to be in the gallery when the court hears arguments in on April 25, over President Donald Trump’s ban on travelers from several mostl...(AP Photo/Jessica Gresko). In this April 23, 2018, photo, people wait in line outside the Supreme Court in Washington, to be in the gallery when the court hears arguments in on April 25, over President Donald Trump’s ban on travelers from several mostl...

    The Supreme Court is saving one of its biggest cases for last, weighing President Donald Trump's ban on travelers from several mostly Muslim countries.

    More >>

    The Supreme Court is saving one of its biggest cases for last, weighing President Donald Trump's ban on travelers from several mostly Muslim countries.

    More >>
  • Police warn citizens of "Movie Money" scam going around

    Police warn citizens of "Movie Money" scam going around

    Wednesday, April 25 2018 11:57 AM EDT2018-04-25 15:57:53 GMT
    "Movie Money" (Source: Harker Heights Police Department)"Movie Money" (Source: Harker Heights Police Department)

    The Harker Heights Police Department is warning citizens about a scam going around called "Movie Money". 

    More >>

    The Harker Heights Police Department is warning citizens about a scam going around called "Movie Money". 

    More >>
Powered by Frankly