Texas Polling Hours & Key Election Day Info



Texas voters will head to the polls Tuesday to cast votes for federal and state offices. In addition to the contentious presidential race, the ballot also features a Congressional race in each of the state’s 36 districts, and state legislative races.

Here’s what you need to know as you head to the polls:

POLLING HOURS & LOCATIONS: Polls in Texas will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Central Time on Election Day. If you’re in line before 7 p.m. Central and haven’t yet voted, you’ll be able to vote after 7 p.m. If you’re unsure at which precinct you’ll be voting, you can find out through the voter information tool on the Secretary of the State’s website.

REGISTRATION GUIDELINES: Texas does not offer same-day registration. The state requires voters to register 30 days before Election Day. If you’re unsure whether you’re already registered, you can check your status by going to the Secretary of State’s website via the state’s registration lookup tool.

TRACKING RESULTS: There are a number of ways to track results. The Secretary of State’s website will be posting results. Politico will also post state-by-state results online, you can find the results from Texas here.

WHAT’S AT STAKE IN FEDERAL RACES: Donald Trump is favored to carry the state’s 38 electoral votes.

Texas voted Republican in both the 2008 and 2012 presidential races. Republican Mitt Romney beat President Obama in the state in 2012 by 15.8 percentage points.

Texas has 36 members in the House of Representatives, 11 Democrats and 25 Republicans. Every House seat is up for re-election. Click here for a map of the state’s congressional districts.

  • In the first district, Democrat Shirley McKellar and Libertarian Phil Gray are challenging Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert.
  • In the second district, Democrat Pat Bryan, Libertarian James Veasaw, and Green Party candidate Joshua Darr are challenging Republican Rep. Ted Poe.
  • In the third district, Democrat Adam Bell, Libertarian Scott Jameson and Green Party Candidate Paul Blair are challenging Republican Rep. Sam Johnson.
  • In the fourth district, Libertarian Cody Wommack is challenging Republican Rep. John Ratcliffe of the.
  • In the fifth district, Libertarian Ken Ashby is challenging Republican Rep. Jeb Hensarling.
  • In the sixth district, Democrat Ruby Fay Woolridge, and Darrel Smith Jr of the Green Party are challenging Republican Rep. Joe Barton.
  • In the seventh district, Democrat James Cargas is challenging Republican Rep. John Culberson.
  • In the ninth district, Republican Jeff Martin is challenging Democratic Rep. Al Green.
  • In the tenth district, Democrat Tawana Cadien and Libertarian Bill Kelsey are challenging Republican Rep. Michael McCaul.
  • In the eleventh district, Libertarian Nicholas Landholt is challenging Republican Rep. Mike Conaway.
  • In the twelfth district, Democrat Bill Bradshaw and Libertarian Ed Colliver are challenging Republican Rep. Kay Granger.
  • In the thirteenth district, Libertarian Calvin DeWeese and Green Party candidate Rusty Tomlinson are challenging Republican Rep. Mac Thornberry.
  • In the fourteenth district, Democrat Michael Cole is challenging Republican Rep. Randy Weber.
  • In the fifteenth district, Democrat Vicente Gonzalez, Republican Tim Westley, Libertarian Ross Lynn Leone and Vanessa Tijerina of the Green Party are running for the seat.
  • In the sixteenth district, Libertarian Jaime Perez and Mary Gourdoux of the Green Party are challenging Democratic Rep. Beto O’Rourke.
  • In the seventeenth district, Democrat William Matta and Libertarian Clark Patterson are challenging Republican Rep. Bill Flores.
  • In the eighteenth district, Republican Lori Bartley and Thomas Kleven of the Green Party are challenging Democratic Rep. Sheila Jackson.
  • In the nineteenth district, Republican Jodey Arrington, Libertarian Troy Bonar, and Mark Lawson of the Green Party are running for the seat.
  • In the twentieth district, Libertarian Jeffrey Blunt, and Paul Pipkin of the Green Party are running against Democratic Rep. Joaquin Castro.
  • In the twenty-first district, Democrat Thomas Wakely, Libertarian Mark Loewe, and Antonio Diaz of the Green Party are challenging Republican Rep. Lamar Smith.
  • In the twenty-second district, Democrat Mark Gibson is challenging Republican Rep. Pete Olson.
  • In the twenty-third district, Democrat Pete Gallego, and Libertarian Ruben Corvalan are challenging Republican Rep. Will Hurd.
  • In the twenty-fourth district, Democrat Jan McDowell, Libertarian Mike Kolls, and Green Party candidate Kevin McCormick are all challenging Republican Rep. Kenny Marchant.
  • In the twenty-fifth district, Democrat Kathi Thomas, and Libertarian Loren Marc Schneiderman are challenging Republican Rep. Roger Williams.
  • In the twenty-sixth district, Democrat Eric Mauck, and Libertarian Mark Boler are challenging Republican Rep. Michael Burgess.
  • In the twenty-seventh district, Democrat Paul (Roy) Barrera is challenging Republican Rep. Blake Farenthold.
  • In the twenty-eighth district, Republican Zeffen Hardin and Green Party candidate Michael Cary are challenging Democratic Rep. Henry Cuellar.
  • In the twenty-ninth district, Republican Julio Garza, Libertarian N Ruben Perez, and Green Party candidate James Partsch-Galvan are challenging Democratic Rep. Gene Green.
  • In the thirtieth district, Republican Charles Lingerfelt, Libertarian Jarrett Woods, and Green Party candidate Thom Prentice are challenging Democratic Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson.
  • In the thirty-first district, Democrat Mike Clark and Libertarian Scott Ballard are challenging Republican Rep. John Carter.
  • In the thirty-second district, Libertarian Ed Rankin, and Green Party candidate Gary Stuard are challenging Republican Rep. Pete Sessions.
  • In the thirty-third district, Republican M Mark Mitchell is challenging Democrat Rep. Marc Veasey.
  • In the thirty-fourth district, Republican Rey Gonzalez Jr is challenging Democratic Rep. Filemon Vela.
  • In the thirty-fifth district, Republican Susan Narvaiz, Libertarian Rhett Rosenquest Smith, and Green Party candidate Scott Trimble are challenging Democratic Rep. Lloyd Doggett.
  • In the thirty-sixth district, Green Party candidate Hal Ridley Jr is challenging Republican Rep. Brian Babin.


Republicans have a government trifecta in the state of Texas, with majorities in both the state House of Representatives and Senate along with control of the governor’s mansion.

Every seat in the state House of Representatives (150 of them) and state Senate (31) is on the ballot. Republicans hold majorities in the House (99-50) and the Senate (20-11).

Republican Greg Abbott has served as Governor of Texas since 2015 and is up for re-election in 2018.

Ballotpedia has a full list of elections in the House and the Senate. The site also has a comprehensive breakdown of races to watch in both houses.