Election Day Info
Voting locations, sample ballots, key things to know for November 8
Seven contested races in the county
One contested county race
One contested school board, three ESD races
Two school board races and an ESD proposition
One school board race, several Riceland MUD propositions
One county, five school board races and an alcohol sale proposition
Four county, city races and school board races in each district
One contested county race, school bond election
Two U.S. House seats are being voted on in Southeast Texas
Top State Races
Races from Governor to Railroad Commission
Voters across the state of Texas are heading to the polls on Tuesday, November 8 for the 2022 Midterm Election. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Here's information about where to vote, along with what you'll need to bring to the polls. We're also taking a look at how to vote by mail if you qualify.
Voters in Jefferson County may vote at ANY polling location in the county while voters in other Southeast Texas counties will need to vote at their assigned precinct polling location. Scroll down for information on each county.
On election night all results will be posted at 12NewsNow.com/elections. Below is the information you need to know as you prepare to cast your vote and head to the polls.
Keep reading for everything you need to know to cast your vote in November.
Midterm Election Day in Southeast Texas
Election Day Info: Voting locations, sample ballots, key things to know for November 8
Voting Locations & Sample Ballots
ELECTION RESULTS: CLICK HERE on November 8 after the polls close at 7 p.m.
Wondering if you are registered to vote? You can visit the Secretary of State website to find out.
Make sure you bring one of these accepted forms of identification with you when you go to vote:
- Texas Driver License issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS)
- United States Passport (book or card)
- United States Military Identification Card containing the person’s photograph
- United States Citizenship Certificate containing the person’s photograph
- Texas Handgun License issued by DPS
- Texas Election Identification Certificate issued by DPS
- Texas Personal Identification Card issued by DPS
Voting by mail
If you are voting by mail your ballot must be received at your county clerk or elections administrator by November 8, 2022 at 7 p.m.
To be eligible to vote early by mail in Texas, you must:
- be 65 years or older;
- be sick or disabled;
- be out of the county on election day and during the period for early voting by personal appearance; or
- be expected to give birth within three weeks before or after Election Day; or
- be confined in jail, but otherwise eligible.
You will need to obtain an "Application for Ballot by Mail," or ABBM, from your county's website or elections office.
You can print an application, request one be mailed to you and get more instructions here.
A new Texas law requires that your ABBM include your driver's license number or the last four digits of your social security number.
Because the number must match the state's database it's a good idea to include both numbers on your application.
Your ABBM must be received, not postmarked, by Friday October 28, 2022.
Jefferson County: Seven contested races in the county
In Jefferson County there are seven contested local races that will be on the ballot.
Here's the five hot races to watch in Jefferson County.
Texas State Rep Joe Deshotel’s long held District 22 seat is up for grabs with Jacorion Randle-R and Christian "Manuel" Hayes-D going after his office.
Judge Larry Thorne's retirement leaves the District Judge seat in the 317th Judicial District open and Gordon Friesz-R and Chelsie Ramos-D are running for his seat.
Incumbent Jefferson County Judge Jeff Branick-R is defending his office against Carolyn L. Guidry-D.
Roxanne Acosta Hellberg-R and Jes Prince-D are facing off in the race for Jefferson County clerk.
In the race for Jefferson County Precinct Two Justice Of The Peace Democrat, Joseph L. Guillory II will face Kyrin Baker, an independent, and write-in candidate Brandon Bartie.
The cities of Groves and Bevil Oaks have a few races but none of them are contested.
Liberty County: One contested county race
In Liberty County there is one contested county race.
Ronnie Davis-D is defending his current office against Jimmy Belt-R in the race for Liberty County Precinct Two Justice of the Peace.
Orange County: One contested school board, three ESD races
In Orange County there are no contested local races on the ballot.
Hardin County: Two school board races and an ESD proposition
In Hardin County there are no contested county races on the ballot but there will be two school board races and an ESD tax proposition.
- Kountze ISD school board Trustee Place 2
- James "Jim" McNeely
- Brent Slaughter
- West Hardin CCISD School board Pos 3
- R.C. "Rusty" Wells
- Dave Burns
- Hardin County ESD1 Prop 5
- The adoption of a local sales and use tax in the Hardin County Emergency Services District #1 at the rate of two percent, excluding any area of the district where a local sales and use tax is already imposed at a rate of two percent.
Chambers County: One school board race, several Riceland MUD propositions
In Chambers County there are no contested county races on the ballot but the East Chambers Independent School District is holding a board election.
There are two contested races in the East Chambers ISD school board race.
- East Chambers Board of Trustees Pos 3
- Lisa R. Bauer
- Brant Charpiot
- East Chambers Board of Trustees Pos 5
- Everett Guillory
- Holly T. Cravy
Jasper County: One county, five school board races and an alcohol sale proposition
In Jasper County there is one contested county race along with school board races in the Buna and Evadale districts and a proposition to sell alcohol in Justice of the Peace Precinct Three on the ballot.
Kevin Holloway-R is facing, DeMarcus Holmes -D, in the Jasper County Precinct Two County Commissioner race.
- Buna ISD Trustee At-Large (3 places)
- Matt Buchanan
- Brent Stark
- Russell DeLone
- John E. Burt
- Kevin Gomez
- Cody Goins
- Evadale ISD School Trustee Place 2
- Ben Bruce
- Brandon Spears
- Evadale ISD School Trustee Place 3
- James Drake
- Matt Bruce
- Evadale ISD School Trustee Place 4
- Amber Pattarozzi
- Kirbie Humble
- Evadale ISD School Trustee Place 5
- Donald Hornback
- Colby Buford
- The legal sale of all alcoholic beverages including mixed beverages in Justice of the Peace Precinct #3
Tyler County: Four county, city races and school board races in each district
In Tyler County there is one contested county race on the ballot along with a preposition to enact a stock law in Precinct One. There's also contested school board races in the Chester, Colmesneil, Spurger, Warren and Woodville districts as well as mayor and council races in Woodville and Ivanhoe.
In the race for Tyler County Judge Wesley Whitman-D is running against Milton Powers-R and a last minute write-in candidate, Brian Lewis-I.
Newton County: One contested county race, school bond election
In Newton County there is one contested county race and a school bond race on the ballot.
Phillip A. White who ran unopposed for Newton County Precinct Two Commissioner in the March primary will face a last-minute write-in candidate, Brian Lewis, who is running as an independent.
The Newton Independent School District is asking voters to approve a $26.5 million bond.
The district plans to use the bond money for districtwide safety and security, a new main building at the high school, a connector and restrooms at the middle school and renovations at the high school.
Federal: Two U.S. House seats are being voted on in Southeast Texas
Texas has a new 38-district congressional map that incorporates two new House seats, which the state gained due to its population growth. U.S. representatives serve two-year terms, and 31 sitting members are running again. The state’s current delegation consists of 23 Republicans and 13 Democrats.
In Southeast Texas voters will be voting in two of those 38 districts.
Voters in Chambers and Jefferson County will for both District 14 and 36. Voters in Orange County will only vote for District 14.
Hardin, Jasper, Liberty, Newton, and Tyler County voters will only vote for District 36.
U. S. Representative District 14
- Randy Weber - Republican
- Mikal Williams - Democrat
U. S. Representative District 36
- Brian Babin - Republican
- Jon Haire - Democrat
Top State Races: Races from Governor to Railroad Commission
The governor is the chief executive of Texas. A Democrat has not held the seat since 1995. Abbott is seeking a third term and will face O’Rourke, who came within 3 percentage points of defeating Cruz in the 2018 U.S. Senate race.
- Greg Abbott - Republican
- Beto O'rourke - Democrat
- Mark Tippetts - Libertarian
- Delilah Barrios - Green Party
The lieutenant governor, the second-highest executive in the state, presides over the Texas Senate. Republican Dan Patrick, who has quietly amassed influence with former President Donald Trump, is seeking a third term. Mike Collier, the Democratic nominee in 2018, will challenge Patrick again this year.
- Dan Patrick - Republican
- Mike Collier - Democrat
- Shanna Steele - Libertarian
The attorney general is the top lawyer in Texas, representing the state in mostly civil litigation. Ken Paxton is seeking a third term. His tenure has been clouded by a high-profile securities fraud indictment and an FBI investigation into claims of malfeasance while in office. His Democratic challenger is Rochelle Garza, a civil rights attorney from Brownsville.
- Ken Paxton - Republican
- Rochelle Mercedes Garza - Democrat
- Mark Ash - Libertarian
The agriculture department supports farmers, regulates fuel pumps and administers school lunch programs. Sid Miller won the Republican primary for a third term, despite his Republican challengers taking aim at his ethics.
- Sid Miller - Republican
- Susan Hays - Democrat
The land commissioner oversees an agency that manages 13 million acres of state land, administers disaster recovery funds, contributes to public school funding and has administrative control of the Alamo. The race is wide open as incumbent George P. Bush decided to run for attorney general and lost to Paxton.
- Dawn Buckingham - Republican
- Jay Kleberg - Democrat
- Alfred Molison, Jr - Green Party
The comptroller is the state official responsible for collecting taxes, overseeing the state treasury and forecasting the amount of money that’s available to legislators when they craft the state’s two-year budget. Republican Glenn Hegar is running for a third term.
- Glenn Hegar - Republican
- Janet T. Dudding - Democrat
- V. Alonzo Echevarria-Garza - Libertarian
In Texas, the Railroad Commission regulates the oil and gas industry. Members of the three-person board are elected statewide. One seat is up for election this year.
- Wayne Christian - Republican
- Luke Warford - Democrat
- Jaime Andres Diez - Libertarian
- Hunter Wayne Crow - Green
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