Do you know where to early vote in your community?
Find out, but be prepared for some frustration. It may not be that easy.
It may be even more difficult to find out what is on your ballot.
You might begin with the search "sample ballot for 2018 local election for [name of your city]. If you live in Dallas County, you might try https://www.dallascountyvotes.org , but again, be prepared for frustration as search features for information are not exactly intuitive.
I don't know about your community, but for my local community of Garland, below is that information in a simplified form (I wouldn't even begin to try to find all the polling places on election day. As a general rule, early voting is easier because there is a longer period of time along with various hours to choose from and most often there are only one or two polling places for the municipality. In the case of Garland, there is only one polling place for early voting--Richland College, Garland Branch.)
FOR GARLAND VOTERS ONLY:
ONLY YOU CAN BRING REPRESENTATIVE GOVERNMENT TO YOUR LOCAL COMMUNITY!
Last year only 3.9% of the registered voters in Garland turned out in our local election to vote. This means that we probably don’t have a representative government in Garland because the majority of registered voters did not cast a ballot.
Voting is a civic responsibility. We hope you will participate. Without your vote, our representative government will not work quite as well as it could. Voting also comes with the responsibility to educate yourself on the issues and candidates that will be on the ballot. This year we are choosing a mayor from three candidates and we are voting on no less than 36 amendments the Garland City Council has proposed to our City Charter
Contact your Garland City Council Representative and ask them to send you a SAMPLE BALLOT. THEN STUDY IT AND VOTE ACCORDING TO YOUR CHOICE.
Note: District 2 ballot features two candidates, but only one, Deborah Morris is running for office. The other candidate has not only withdrawn from office several months ago, he is supporting Ms. Morris.
ADDENDUM ON CRAZY USA VOTING STORIES:
There are numerous true stories out there on dead politicians winning races. This year Garland Texas has its own crazy voting story. One of the two candidates for City Council in Garland's second district, Rex Wisdom, withdrew from the ballot too late to have his name removed from the ballot. He has even publicly in writing endorsed his former opponent, Deborah Morris: "For personal reasons I am no longer running for City Council in District 2. Although my name will appear on the ballot, I will be voting for Deborah Morris. Deborah and I have talked at length and I believe she will bring a wonderful change to the Garland City Council. Please join me in supporting her as she works to make Garland an even better place to live than it is now."
You may think THAT is strange but here is an even stranger twist to this story: Given Texas and its insane voting laws, if Rex Wisdom garners more votes than Deborah Morris and, provided that he turns down the job, the current council person for District 2, Anita Goebel, will continue to serve for another year--even though she was recalled by the voters in her district in December of 2017 and even though May ends her six year term limit.