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Election Day: Everything you need to know

Posted: 4:56 AM, Nov 05, 2018
Updated: 2018-11-06 23:58:30-05

Election Day is here. From 7 a.m. until 7 p.m., Nueces County voters can make their voices heard by casting a ballot at any of these locations.  Curbside Voting will be available at all locations by calling 888-0303.

Below, find information on how to get a free ride to a polling location, Texas Election Code rules, sample ballots and what to do if you are a registered voter and are turned away.

Be sure to tune in to KRIS-TV throughout the evening Tuesday for election coverage. Up-to-the-minute results once polls close will be available at kristv.com.

Free and Discounted Rides to the Polls

If you are in need of a ride to the polls, you have a few options.

The Corpus Christi RTA is waiving all fares on Election Day.

All routes, shuttle services and on-demand taxi services will be free on Nov. 6. No proof of voter registration or identification will be required.

For more information, contact the CCRTA’s shared shuttle service at 361-903-3596. That service will be available for scheduling through 6 p.m. Tuesday.

Uber is also offering $10 off a single ride to the polls with their Uber Drives the Vote campaign.

Detailed instructions on how to take advantage of this deal can be found here.

Sample Ballots

If you are still unsure who to vote for, view the sample ballots below for your county to easily research candidates and be prepared before arriving at the polling location.

Aransas County:

Aransas County Precinct 1

Aransas County Precinct 2 

Aransas County Precinct 3

Aransas County Precinct 4

Bee County:

Bee County Elections Website with sample ballots, early voting locations

Duval County:

Duval County Election Information

Jim Wells County:

Jim Wells County Precinct 1 through 10

Jim Wells County Precinct 11 through 22

Kleberg County:

Kleberg County Pct. 41-45,

Kleberg County Pct. 31-35,

Kleberg County Pct. 21-24,

Kleberg County Pct. 11-14

Kleberg County Voting Locations 

Nueces County:

Nueces County Sample Ballot

San Patricio County:

San Patricio County Sample Ballot

Voting Problems

During early voting, both parties reported issues with voting machines switching selections. State officials have said the machines are not at-fault and problems can occur when voters submit their ballots too quickly.

The problem is happening with Hart eSlate voting machines, which are used in 82 of Texas’ 254 counties. Officials ask voters to carefully check over their selections on the last page before submitting their ballots.

Again, check and recheck your selections before voting. If a voter has any problems, they should notify a poll worker immediately so the issues can be addressed and reported.

Texas Election Code Rules

Wireless Devices

Persons are not allowed to use wireless communications devices within 100 feet of the voting stations. Additionally, persons are not allowed to use mechanical or electronic devices to record sound or images within 100 feet of the voting stations.

Written Material

Voters are allowed to bring written materials into voting stations to assist them in casting their ballot. However, it is important to remember that the prohibition on electioneering within 100-feet of the polling place does apply to written materials.

Sound Amplification Devices

It is also prohibited to use a sound amplification device to electioneer within 1,000 feet of the early voting or election day polling place

Campaign Emblems

A person may not wear a badge, insignia, emblem, or other similar communicative device relating to a candidate, measure, or political party appearing on the ballot, or to the conduct of the election, in the polling place or within 100 feet of any outside door through which a voter may enter the building in which the polling place is located.

ID Information

You must have one of 7 acceptable forms of ID to vote.

  • Texas Driver License issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS)
  • Texas Election Identification Certificate issued by DPS
  • Texas Personal Identification Card issued by DPS
  • Texas Handgun License issued by DPS
  • United States Military Identification Card containing the person’s photograph
  • United States Citizenship Certificate containing the person’s photograph
  • United States Passport (book or card)

Provisional Voting

Provisional voting is designed to allow a voter whose name does not appear on the list of registered voters due to an administrative error to vote. The provisional voting process involves an affidavit that (1) the voter must complete stating the reasons he or she is qualified to vote; and (2) is used if the voter’s registration cannot be verified by the polling place election officials OR if a voter (a) does not possess one of the acceptable forms of photo identification listed above, and a voter can reasonably obtain one of these forms of identification or (b) possesses, but did not bring to the polling place, one of the seven forms of acceptable photo identification listed above, or (c) does not possess one of the seven forms of acceptable photo identification, could otherwise not reasonably obtain one, but did not bring a supporting form of identification to the polling place.

The provisional voting process requires the voter to visit the voter registrar’s office within six (6) calendar days of the date of the election to either present one of the above seven (7) acceptable forms of photo ID OR if the voter does not possess, and cannot reasonably obtain an acceptable form of photo identification, execute a Reasonable Impediment Declaration and present one of the acceptable forms of supporting ID, OR, if applicable, submit one of the temporary affidavits (e.g., religious objection or natural disaster) OR, if applicable, qualify for a permanent disability exemption, in order for the provisional ballot to count.

The voter-marked provisional ballots are kept separately from the regular ballots, and the voter’s records will be reviewed by the provisional voting ballot board (the early voting ballot board), to determine if the ballot is to be counted or rejected. If applicable, the voter registrar will conduct whatever research is necessary to determine whether the voter is or should have been registered in the precinct in which the voter cast the provisional ballot and will pass this information on to the ballot board to assist it in making the decision of whether the provisional ballot must be counted. Provisional voters will receive a notice in the mail by the 10th day after the local canvass advising them if their provisional ballots were counted, and if they were not counted, the reason why.

Military & Overseas Voters

Please note that registering with a federal post card application (typically used by the military and overseas voters) is now treated as a request for permanent registration. There are also  special provisions for military and overseas voters  that are available on our website. However, military and overseas voters are welcome to use the regular registration and early voting by mail process available to all voters away from their home county on Election Day.

Convicted Felons and Voting

In Texas, a convicted felon regains the right to vote after completing his or her sentence. Therefore, once you have completed the punishment phase (including any term of incarceration, parole, or supervision, or completed a period of probation ordered by the court), you would be  eligible to register and vote in the state of Texas.