Ladies and gentlemen…
It is time to turn our attention to Arlington’s upcoming election.
You’ve seen the yard signs all over the place. You’ve read tons of articles in the paper and online. Finally, the time to cast our votes for Arlington candidates and issues is here.
To help you save time and energy, we created a quick guide to help you understand everything you need to know about voting in Arlington’s May 6 election.
Below you’ll find information on where to vote early, who’s running for what offices and what hot button issues are up for vote.
When & Where is Early Voting in Arlington Available?
Arlington’s Election Day is Saturday, May 6. But if you want to beat the crowd while doing your civic duty, consider early voting in Arlington. That’s what I plan to do!
Early voting in Arlington begins Monday, April 24. If you’re wondering about the voter identification requirement for voting this year, here’s information taken directly from Tarrant County’s website:
On August 10, 2016, a federal district court entered an order changing the voter identification requirements for all elections held in Texas after August 10, 2016, until further notice. As a result, voters who have obtained an acceptable form of photo identification for voting are still required to present it in order to vote in person in all Texas elections. The acceptable form of photo identification may be expired up to four years. Voters who have not been able to obtain one of the forms of acceptable photo identification listed in the “Required Identification for Voting in Person” (blue shaded section), and have a reasonable impediment or difficulty to obtaining such identification, may present a supporting form of identification and execute a Reasonable Impediment Declaration, noting the voter’s reasonable impediment to obtaining an acceptable form of photo identification and stating that the voter is the same person on the presented supporting form of identification. This requirement is effective immediately.
Here are the days and times to vote early in Arlington:
- April 24-28: 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
- April 29 and May 1-2: 7 a.m.–7 p.m.
- April 30: 11 a.m.–4 p.m.
Here are the locations in Arlington where you can vote early. A link to a map is included for each location:
- Bob Duncan Center – 2800 S Center Street (map)
- Elzie Odom Athletic Center – 1601 NE Green Oaks Boulevard (map)
- Junior League of Arlington – 4002 West Pioneer Parkway (map)
- Summit High School Performing Arts Center – 1071 W. Turner Warnell Road (map)
- South Service Center – 1100 SW Green Oaks Boulevard (map)
- Tarrant County Sub‐Courthouse – 700 E. Abram Street (map)
- University of Texas at Arlington* (Maverick Activities Center) – 500 W. Nedderman Drive (map)
*Early voting at University of Texas at Arlington is only available on April 25-27 from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
A Snapshot Of Candidates Running For Office
Here’s the rundown on the individuals running for offices.
(i) = Incumbent
Jeff Williams (i)
Chris “Dobi” Dobson
City Council District 3
Click here for a map outlining district 3.
Pablo R. Frias
City Council District 4
Click here for a map outlining district 4.
Kathyn Wilemon (i)
City Council District 5
Click here for a map outlining district 5.
Lana Wolff (i)
City Council District 8
This city council seat represents the entire city.
Michael Glaspie, Sr. (i)
Arlington ISD Board of Trustees
Hunter W. Crow
Bowie J. Hogg (i)
Kecia Mays (i)
What Else Are Arlington Residents Voting For?
In addition to voting for mayor, city council and Arlington ISD board trustees, voters in the May 6 election will also be voting for or against two propositions. The information below is taken directly from a sample ballot:
Proposition No. 1
“The issuance of $45,000,000 general obligation bonds for an active adult recreation facility (commonly known as senior center) to be located on a portion of land, located south of State Highway 303, east of West Green Oaks Boulevard, west of Lakewood Drive and north of Arkansas Lane, with a general physical address being 1901 Lakewood Drive, Arlington, Texas, commonly known as the Pierce Burch Water Treatment Plant, and the levying of a tax in payment thereof.”
Proposition No. 2
“Adoption of the fire fighters’ civil service law.”
Hopefully this guide will help make your voting a bit easier. Happy voting and we’ll see you at the polls!