Everything You Need to Know Ahead of the Texas Primaries

Houstonia's guide to the upcoming primary election.

By Shelby Stewart January 27, 2022

Here's what you need to know ahead of the March primaries. 

The March 1 primaries are a little over a month away, and the deadline to register to vote is Monday, January 31. 

In the upcoming primary election, Texans will determine the Republican and Democratic candidates who will campaign for the seven statewide seats in the November general election. There's a lot of competition for governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, land commissioner, agriculture commissioner, comptroller, and a seat on the Railroad Commission of Texas.

In addition to those ballots, other political seats are up for grabs this year, including for districts in the Texas Legislature, Congress, state high courts, and the State Board of Education. At the county level, Judge Lina Hidalgo will face multiple Democratic opponents in the primary race. Other Harris County seats on the ticket are Precinct 2 Commissioner Adrian Garcia, who will go up against Justice of the Peace George Risner, and retired police officer Gary Harrison. At Precinct 4, Commissioner Jack Cagle will face multiple Democratic candidates in March, including former state Representative Gina Calanni, from District 132, county elections official Ben Chou, former civil court judge Lesley Briones, and Alief ISD Board President Ann Williams.

This year's Texas primaries are garnering a lot of attention as Democrats are trying to unseat Republican Governor Greg Abbott. Beto O'Rourke announced his high-profile candidacy for governor late last year, and faces several opponents in the primary.  Among other incumbents hoping to make it to November are Attorney General Ken Paxton (he faces George P. Bush and Louis Gohmert)  and  Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, who are both seeking third terms in their respective seats.

Take a full look at the 2022 Texas primaries ballot, here.  

Key Dates

As the voter registration deadline approaches, there are a few other important dates to add to your calendar. 

  • Early voting is February 14 through February 25.
  • Last day to apply for ballot by mail, February 18.
  • Last day to receive ballot by mail, March 1

How to Register

Texas who are eligible to vote can register by submitting an application to the voter registrar's office in their county, by mail or in person. Any voter registration application sent via mail must be postmarked by the January 31 deadline. Houstonians can visit the Office of the Elections Administrator, Isabel Longoria, to learn more. 

Check Your Registration

If you've registered to vote in the past, you can check and see if you're registered with the Texas Secretary of State My Voter Portal. You'll be prompted to enter identity criteria: name, date of birth, drivers license number, VUID, or the county you registered to vote in. 

Vote By Mail Eligibility 

New requirements have been put in place under the new voting legislation for those who want to exercise their right to vote via mail in ballot. Vote by mail is eligible to those who are 65 years old and older. Mail is also an option if you're disabled, if you’ll be out of the county during the time of the election (including early voting), or if you’re incarcerated.


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