Texas

Election in Texas

Texas Secretary of State website votetexas.gov is the official state website on voter registration, voter status, and other information.

https://www.vote411.org/Texas maintains an active site on voter guide in the state.

If you have questions on voter registration, voting hours/locations, sample ballot etc, please check with your county election office website first (internet search your county election office website).

For example, the largest county in Texas, Harris County in Houston, has the election office on: harrisvotes.com.

State and local county political parties, including Democratic and Republican Parties, maintain websites and Facebook links to election information, candidate lists, and other helpful guide too.

Where do I start to vote?

Read our page on "How to vote in this election" to start, no matter where you live in Texas or in the country.

In Texas, if you are registered and ready to vote, here are the steps:

Step 1: Find your ballot, voting locations, hours, etc.

Visit MyTexasVotes.com to see the voting dates, locations, and hours. It also has links to your ballot and other details.

Step 2: Learn about and pick candidates

Visit Vote411.org to see links of candidates on your ballot.

Read our page on "How to pick candidates" as a guide.

Step 3: Make a Plan to Vote, as early as possible

Print out your sample ballot, and bring your voter ID. Check out other essential steps on our page of "How to vote in this election"

Voting Dates, Hours, & Locations

Voting Dates in Texas Statewide in the 2020 Election:

Early Voting 10/13 (Tuesday) - 10/30 (Friday);

Election: 11/3 (Tuesday)

Voting dates, hours and locations are different in each county. Please use MyTexasVotes.com to find out most convenient time and location for you, or visit your county election office website.

Statewide Positions & Candidates

Ballotpedia lists federal and statewide positions on its site: https://ballotpedia.org/Texas_elections,_2020

Here is the Texas Tribune article which explains these positions and lists the candidates.

How 2020 Election and Census Data will impact Texas political balance in the next 10 years

Election of Texas State House Representatives (state chamber) is very important in the 2020 election, as the newly elected state house members will be responsible for redistricting or redrawing federal and state election districts based on 2020 Census data. This will in turn determine how minorities and immigrant communities are represented in the US Congress and in the state chamber.

Election districts in Texas have been gerrymandered in the past to suppress the voting rights of the minority and immigrant communities. Texas is also known for other voter suppression schemes that make voting even harder in the COVID pandemics.

Read about "gerrymandering" on our "Voter Suppression" page and learn how your vote can be important in choosing candidates for the Texas State House.

Here are two article explaining why the Texas State House is an important part of the 2020 election: https://www.transparencyusa.org/article/battleground-2020-texas-house-of-representatives

Asian Americans in Texas

Asian Americans are becoming the fastest growing population in Texas, with more than 800,000 millions voters who may be participating in the 2020 election.

State-Wide AAPI Candidates

3 Asian American candidates will appear on your ballot state-wide no matter where you live:

-Kamala Harris for Vice President

-Kathy Cheng for Texas Supreme Court Justice, Place 6

-Tina Yoo Clinton for Texas Court of Criminal Appeals Justice, Place 4

Texas Congressional Asian American Candidates

Four Asian American Congressional candidates are running in very competitive races and may become the 1st Asian American Congresswoman or Congressman in Texas. A great accomplishment for the AAPI community in the 2020 election.

-Sima Ladjevardian, Congress District 2 (Houston Area):

-Sri Preston Kulkarni, Congressional District 22 (Houston Area):

-Gina Ortiz Jones, Congressional District 23 (San Antonio Area): https://ginaortizjones.com/

-Dona Imam, Congressional District 31 (Austin Area):

2020 Election in Houston and AAPI Candidates

Houston is one of the most diverse metropolitan cities in the US, with some of its districts represented by AAPI elected officials.

Harris County covers a majority of the Houston metropolitan area and is the largest county in Texas. Find out election information here: https://harrisvotes.com/

If you live in Fort Bend, Brazoria, Galveston, and other counties, please check the election office websites of your local county.

Greater Houston Meet the AAPI Candidates Event:

Oct 10, Sat, 7-9PM, on Zoom. Registration: https://bit.ly/3n9fRMG

Check out the sheet with a full list of AAPI candidates and their info in greater Houston area.

Whether you can vote for them depends on if you live in the same voting district as their campaigns. Check out "Who Represent Me" to get to know your ballot and your current elected officials.

Below are some of the candidates for your reference.

See full list of endorsed candidates list by Houston Chronicle:

Houston AAPI organization Houston 8020 endorsed candidate list:

See the full video recording of the "Meet the Houston AAPI candidates" event: https://youtu.be/ioHbfwsafuM

Kathy Cheng for Texas Supreme Court Justice Pl 6

Kathy Cheng's family is from Taiwan. She has been an attorney and active member of the AAPI community in Houston. In the 2020 election, this is the first time that she and Tina Yoo Clinton (see below) are the two Asian American woman attorneys on the Texas statewide ballot bidding for the Texas Supreme Court and Court of Criminal Appeals. Check out Dallas Morning News that features Kathy Cheng: https://voterguide.dallasnews.com/2020-primary/candidates/1185/

Tina Yoo Clinton for Texas Court of Criminal Appeals Pl 4

Tina Yoo Clinton grew up in a Korean family and lives in Dallas/Fort Worth area. She currently presides over Texas Criminal District Court 1, and is running for the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals. Check out Dallas Morning News that features Tina: https://voterguide.dallasnews.com/2020-primary/candidates/1194/

Connect to Judge Clinton on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JudgeTinaClinton

Sima Ladjevardian for Congress CD 02 (Houston)

Sima is running for Congress in Houston (Texas’ 2nd District). She is a lawyer, a mother of two, a breast cancer survivor, and a political activist helping uplift social justice causes and build bridges between communities. She is best known for her work as a Senior Advisor and Finance Chair to Beto O’Rourke's campaigns during his historic 2018 U.S. Senate race and 2020 presidential run.

Connect to Sima on her website: https://www.simafortx.com/ and on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SimaforTX

Sri Kulkarni (1st Left) for Congress CD 22 (Houston).

Sri Kulkarni is a native Houstonian, and is running for US Congress Congressional District 22 (south and west sides of Houston). He served as a foreign diplomat in the US State Department overseas for 14 yrs, in areas including Asia, Mideast, South America, and Russia. He speaks 6 languages including Chinese, Hindi, and Spanish. As one of the top AAPI candidates in the 2018 and 2020 elections, he is aiming to become the 1st Asian American Congressman in Texas.

Read about his campaign in this CAVA Chinese article.

Connect to Sri on his website Sri2020.com and Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SriforCongress

Gina Ortiz Jones for US House Representative in Congressional District 23 (San Antonio area)

Gina Ortiz Jones is running for Congress in the San Antonio area (Congressional District 23). She came from an immigrant family with a Filipino heritage. She served in the US Air Force in the Iraq war and continued to build her career in national security, intelligence, and defense. Gina is running for Congress to bring her unmatched experience, unique perspective, and the core values instilled in her while growing up in San Antonio. She won the 2018 Democratic nominee and is bidding to become the 1st Asian American Congresswoman in Texas.

Connect to Gina from her website: https://ginaortizjones.com/ and Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GinaOrtizJones

Gene Wu for Texas State House, District 137 (Houston).

Rep. Gene Wu currently serves as the representative in the Texas State House, District 137, southwest of Houston. He is the only Chinese-born elected official in the Texas State House. As an active member of the Houston Chinese community, he has been instrumental in promoting immigrant rights and interests of the people in the district. CAVA supports Rep. Wu to be re-elected in the 2020 election.

You can connect to Rep. Wu through his website: http://genefortexas.com, or on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/genefortexas

See a full list of AAPI candidates in Houston and connect to them in the greater Houston area.


Other Resources

Local Media: Texas Tribune, Houston Chronicle, Dallas Morning News, Austin Statesman, and your local media have coverage and candidate information, along with their endorsement lists.

Local organizations, such as environmental groups, teachers association, gun-safety advocacy groups, also have their endorsed candidate lists, depending on the issues they care most.

Ballotpedia also covers federal, state, and other local election information in Texas: https://ballotpedia.org/Texas_elections,_2020

Use our page of "Voter Guide" to help you see how to pick candidates and find more information about them.

Connect to CAVA Director Dr. Helen Shih via email HelenShih@GoCAVA.com if you have other questions about the 2020 Election in Texas and in Houston.

*MyTexasVotes.com is maintained by the Texas Democratic Party, with voter information on polling hours, locations, ballot etc.

**Vote411.org is maintained by the League of Women Voters, a national non-profit organization and a public-trusted voter education source used by many counties in the country.