In case you've been hibernating, the campaign season for the March 6 party primaries is underway.
Candidates have until 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 11 to file for a position on the ballot to seek party nominations.
County Chairmen for the local Republican and Democratic parties were not available as of press time to provide nominees in county races
Voting by mail
Beginning Jan. 1, 2018, senior citizens and other voters who meet requirements to vote by mail can request a mail ballot.
To vote by mail, download an application at http://ow.ly/V1Ma30gHIK7, or call the County Clerk's office and ask them to send you an application.
The deadline to register to vote is Feb. 5, 2018.
Voters who remain displaced by Hurricane Harvey will need to decide whether they plan to return to that address. If you want to vote in the area where you are staying now, complete a voter registration for that address by Feb. 5, 2018.
If you are voting by mail because you are disabled or are 65 years of age or older, you may use a single application to request ballots by mail for all county elections in the calendar year. While you can submit this "annual" application anytime during the calendar year, it must be received at least 11 days before the first election in which you seek to request a ballot by mail.
Generally, a ballot must be mailed to the address where you are registered to vote. However, if you are 65 or older or have a physical disability, you may have your ballot sent to a hospital, nursing home or long-term care facility, retirement center, or relative, but you must check the blank on the form indicating which address you are providing. If your reason for voting by mail is absence from the county, the ballot must be mailed to an address outside the county.
If you need help reading, marking, or mailing the actual ballot, ask a trusted relative or friend for help. It's not uncommon for someone from a political organization to offer to help with your ballot soon after you've received it. We recommend you decline this kind of help for several reasons. If you allow your ballot to be mailed by someone you don't know, it might not be mailed at all. If it's delivered to the elections office by a common or contract carrier from the address of a candidate or a campaign's headquarters, your ballot will be rejected.
Finally, if someone helps you with your mail ballot, you must put your helper's name and address on the carrier envelope, which is the one used to return your ballot to the early voting clerk. Your helper must also sign the carrier envelope.
Applications to vote by mail must be received by the County Clerk's office by Friday, Feb. 23, 2018.
Early voting by personal appearance will begin Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018 and continues through Friday, March 2.