After what seems like years in the making, Borderland residents and their fellow Texans can finally hit the polls starting Monday to let their voice be heard via early voting.
From the $668m dollar bond requested by El Paso ISD to the race for El Paso County Sheriff, voters have much more than just the Presidential Race to decide.
Critical to several of the smaller communities will be who will serve on the school boards and water boards, as those elected officials directly administer the monies collected via fees and taxes, leading to decisions directly effecting resident’s lives.
And even with just over 428,000 county residents registered to vote, if the past is any prologue, some of the races will be decided by less than 100 votes.
According to our news partner, The Texas Tribune, the local race between Congressman Will Hurd and Pete Gallego is one to watch, thanks to the GOP’s Presidential Candidate Donald Trump.
Trump’s down-ballot effect is getting the most attention in Texas in the 23rd Congressional District, where U.S. Rep. Will Hurd, R-San Antonio, is locked in a heated rematch with Pete Gallego, a Democrat from Alpine. Democrats have long hoped that Gallego will prevail due to turnout in a presidential year — which tends to favor Democrats — and Trump’s toxicity in the sprawling district, which covers hundreds of miles of the Mexican border roughly between San Antonio and El Paso.
Above all the candidates, speeches and promises, Texas voters also had to deal with the revised voter ID regulations, which led to confusion for some. A simple informational article explains what voters need to bring to the polls to vote this year.
As for the information on ballots, voting locations and more, the El Paso County Elections Department has a one-stop-shop for all the information needed, and can be found HERE.
Early voting runs through November 4th, while Election day is set for November 8th.