Here’s where the Texas November midterm elections stand 50 days out

Texas voters are watching candidates closely in hotly contested races as the November 8 midterm election is 50 days away and the last day to register to vote is approaching. In Bexar County, registered voters are still waiting to see the finalized voting locations posted after a month of protests from citizens against the proposal to close low turnout sites. 

Texas has several key races that could alter the political pendulum in the Lone Star State, and after a tumultuous past few months, voters, and candidates have had their minds on the topics of gun control reform, immigration at the border, as well as abortion and reproductive rights. San Antonio-area voters are keeping an eye on the county judge race, which will bring in a new leader after 20 years with Nelson Wolff. 

Here is where some key elections stand and important information you should know. 

Polling sites

Bexar County commissioners approved 51 early voting and 259 Election Day sites on September 6, for the November 8 midterm elections. The approval came after tense discussions between commissioners and elections administrator Jacque Callanen after the local GOP party proposed closing polling locations that had low turnout. Commissioners said they could add more Election Day sites.

Why it matters? 

Residents and voting rights groups argued that closing sites would further make access to voting more difficult for marginalized communities in San Antonio. Precinct 1 Commissioner Rebeca Clay-Flores also argued for more polling locations on the sprawling yet booming Far Westside. 

Uli Sommerfeld processes applications as Bexar County Elections Department. 

Uli Sommerfeld processes applications as Bexar County Elections Department. 

Tom Reel, San Antonio Express-News / Staff photographer

Bexar County Judge

The November midterm will see a new face take the commissioners court dais in November with County Judge Nelson Wolff deciding to step down after 20 years. 

Now former district judge and Democrat Peter Sakai will face off against former county commissioner and Republican Trish DeBerry for the coveted seat. 

Key Texas races

Some of the biggest Texas races that could alter Texas’ political leanings are for governor and attorney general, as well as numerous state legislative seats. GOP favorite and incumbent Gov. Greg Abbott will face off against Democratic hopeful Beto O’Rourke. In the race for Texas attorney general, Republican incumbent Ken Paxton will be challenged by Democratic newcomer and Brownsville civil rights attorney Rochelle Garza

Beto O'Rourke is still trailing Gov. Greg Abbott in the polls. 

Beto O’Rourke is still trailing Gov. Greg Abbott in the polls. 

Sergio Flores/Getty Images

Where the voters stand?

A new poll released Monday, September 19, from the Dallas Morning News and the University of Texas at Tyler put Abbott over O’Rourke by 9 percentage points after weeks of TV ads being run by Abbott. That poll said Abbott’s push on border security is 13 percentage points, which is up from nine in August.

The race for attorney general is less of a dead heat than it was in an August poll from the the Dallas Morning News and the University of Texas at Tyler that put incumbent Paxton ahead by 34% to Garza’s 32%, a difference of only 2 percentage points. Monday’s poll results put Paxton in the lead by 9 percentage points over Garza.

Texas Comptroller race

Republican Glenn Hegar is running for his third term as Texas comptroller in November. He will go up against Democratic opponent Janet Dudding, a certified public accountant who was with the Office of the State Auditor, according to her website

Why is this race important?

The state comptroller collects state taxes, like sales taxes, and oversees the state’s treasury, helping decide the budget for the next two years for legislative budgeting sessions. 

Other things to know

Here are some important dates and information you should know.

  • The last day to register to vote is October 11. Find out if you’re registered here. 
  • You can fill out an informal registration application online but it must be printed out and turned in or mailed to 1103 S Frio, Suite. 100
    San Antonio, TX 78207.
  • Early voting runs from October 24 to November 4. 
  • Election Day in on November 8. 
  • Voting locations have yet to be released, but early voting sites will now include St. Mary’s University, Our Lady of the Lake University, St. Paul’s, Frank Garrett Multi-Service Center, and Texas A&M University-San Antonio. 

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