2020 Voter Guide
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WHERE TO VOTE IN PERSON
LOCAL CANDIDATES TO BE LISTED ON THE SAME BALLOT AS STATE, NATIONAL ELECTIONS
LONESOME DOVE RD.
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E. HIGHLAND ST.
Voters can cast their ballots at any voting center within the county, including
Both the Southlake and Grapevine-Colleyville ISD elections will be held on Nov. 3, resulting in longer ballots for voters in the area. Matthew Wilson, a political science professor at Southern Methodist University, said this longer ballot could lead to voters making uneducated decisions. “That’s largely going to be driven by people who know little or nothing about those particular races. ... The people who show up to vote in those local elections are people who are actually motivated to go vote for those local oces,” Wilson said. Tarrant County Elections Administrator Heider Garcia suggested that voters print out their sample ballot and mark their choices prior to showing up at the polls. Deborah Peoples, chair of the Tarrant County Democratic Party, said it is imperative that voters show up to the ballot box prepared. “We’re telling everybody: Don’t stop at the top. You vote from the top of the ballot to the bottom of the ballot,” she said at a Sept. 24 town hall event. Rick Barnes, chair of the Tarrant County Republican Party, said his oce will be working with local operations to ensure they don’t get overcrowded. “We are walking into a lot of unknowns because a lot of new things are happening in this election, and then, we throw COVID on top of that,” Barnes said. LEARN MORE ABOUT THE CANDIDATES • GCISD candidate forum at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 8. Learn more at www.gcisdcouncilofptas.org/2020/09/15/ fall-2020-school-board-candidate-forum/ • League of Women Voters of Texas provides non-par- tisan information about candidates at https:// my.lwv.org/texas/voting-elections/what-ballot
the following in Grapevine, Colleyville and Southlake. CURBSIDE FLEXIBILITY
O UTHLAKE BLVD.
The county also oers curbside voting options for disabled voters. Learn more at www. tarrantcounty.com/ en/elections/Voter- Information/Voter- with-Special-Needs. html
W. MCDONWELL SCHOOL RD.
Find an interactive version of this map at communityimpact.com .
1 Dove Elementary School 1932 Dove Road, Grapevine, TX 76051 2 First Presbyterian Church Grapevine 1002 N. Park Blvd., Grapevine, TX 76051 3 Grapevine Elementary School 1801 Hall-Johnson Road, Grapevine, TX 76051 4 Heritage Elementary School 4500 Heritage Ave., Grapevine, TX 76051 5 St. Francis Catholic Church 861 Wildwood Lane, Grapevine, TX 76051 6 The REC of Grapevine 1175 Municipal Way, Grapevine, TX 76051 7 Timberline Elementary School 3220 Timberline Drive, Grapevine, TX 76051
8 Colleyville Public Library 110 Main St., Colleyville, TX 76034 9 Covenant Church 3508 Glade Road, Colleyville, TX 76034 10 Liberty Elementary School 1101 W. McDonwell School Road, Colleyville, TX 76034 11 Lonesome Dove Church 2380 Lonesome Dove Road, Southlake, TX 76092 12 New Day Church 101 E. Highland St., Southlake, TX 76092 13 Southlake Town Hall 1400 Main St., Southlake, TX 76092 A R G E R R D .
MAILIN BALLOT ELIGIBILITY
WHAT TO EXPECT IF YOU ARE VOTING BY MAIL THIS YEAR
HISTORIC VOTER TURNOUT
Tarrant County turnout is typically lower during non-presidential election years, but turnout was up in the 2018 election. Ocials anticipate higher turnout in the 2020 election as well.
Tarrant County Elections Administrator Heider Garcia said the county has taken steps to make sure the mail-in voting process is smooth. “We used some of the CARES … Act grant ... to buy equipment that we needed to be able to mail out more [ballots] and process more when returned,” Garcia said. “Because more people asked for ballots, you have more ballots to send out, and then, more ballots will come back.” Despite the fact that the COVID-19 pandemic is not considered a valid reason for requesting a mail-in ballot, Garcia said there has still been an uptick in the number of those ballots requested. In 2016, for example, the total number of ballots mailed out was about 43,000, Garcia said. In contrast, the department has already put 53,000 ballots in the mail Sept. 25. Oct. 23 is the last day to apply for a mail-in ballot. “People should have condence in the security of the mail-in ballot because Texas is not dramatically expanding it this cycle and Texas will be using the same proven system they’ve used in past cycles,” said Matthew Wilson, a political science professor at Southern Methodist University. Two ways to return a mail-in ballot: • Sending by mail to Tarrant County Elections at P.O. Box 961011, Fort Worth, Texas 76161-0011 • Dropping o in person at the county’s election oce at Tarrant County Elections at 2700 Premier St., Fort Worth, Texas 76111-3011
• Be over 65; • Have a disability;
• Be in jail but not convicted; or • Are out of the county through- out the entire early voting period and on Election Day Tarrant County totaled 43,000 mail-in ballots in the 2016 presidential election. The county mailed out 53,000 ballots on Sept. 25. The deadline to apply is Oct. 23. SOURCE: TARRANT COUNTY ELECTIONS ADMINISTRATIONCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER
Registered voters who did not vote
The voter turnout percentage in 2018, a non- presidential election year, was the same as it was in 2000, a presidential election year.
200,000 0 400,000 600,000 800,000 1,000,000 1,200,000
SOURCE: TARRANT COUNTY ELECTIONS ADMINISTRATION COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER
GRAPEVINE COLLEYVILLE SOUTHLAKE EDITION • OCTOBER 2020
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