Texas Marijuana Policy Voter Guide
Primary Runoff Election
Early Voting Begins: Monday, June 29, 2020 | Election Day: Tuesday, July 14, 2020
Please note that the Governor has changed the dates for Primary Runoff Election by proclamation due to the public health crisis surrounding COVID-19.
There are almost 3 dozen runoff races from the primaries! We have sent out a survey to candidates seeking the Democratic and Republican nominations for the following offices: US Senate, US Congress, Texas House and Texas Senate. Their responses have been compiled and we have also included incumbent voting records, and contact information for all candidates seeking your vote to serve in the state and federal legislatures. Answers are provided unedited.
Find Primary Election Results and Runoff Info here (Special Elections information below):
To prepare for the Primary Elections:
- Identify your Texas House, Texas Senate, and U.S. House Districts. Click here.
- Primary Runoff Elections are for candidate races where no one received more than 50% of the vote in the March Primaries. The two candidates with the highest number of votes face off in the Primary Runoff Election to see who will represent their party on the ballot in November.
- Review the Republican and the Democratic Candidates responses. Use the interactive link below! (Libertarians have a separate process.) Reminder: If you voted in one party’s Primary in March, you can only vote in that party’s runoff. Switching parties at this time would violate election law. So stick with your party for the runoff.
- Review SD 14 Special Election candidate responses. If you live in Texas Senate District 14, you can participate in a special election to take over the position that Senator Kirk Watson is vacating. Watch the SD 14 Special Election Virtual Candidate Forum.
- Learn about the next steps for engaging candidates and in the political convention process.
- Remind everyone to vote!! Early Voting Begins: Monday, June 29, 2020 | Election Day: Tuesday, July 14, 2020. Learn about voting locations, what you need to vote and more HERE.
Texans must rely on our state elected officials, specifically our state representatives and state senators (so take a close look at yours). Learn more about engaging with your legislators by reviewing our Activist Training Guide.
Texas and 26 other states in the U.S. cannot collect signatures to place an issue on the ballot for a vote to change state law. Additionally, in 1997, Texas passed a state law requiring that all drug laws be enforced and changed at the state rather than local level. Because of these limitations, Texans must rely on our state elected officials, specifically our state representatives and state senators (so take a close look at yours). Learn more about engaging with your legislators by reviewing our Activist Training Guide.
Please fill out our Activist Info Form so that you can be involved in cannabis law reform in Texas.
Texas NORML originated the first cannabis centric Voter Guide in 2012. We continued to expand the program by working with our coalition, Texans for Responsible Marijuana Policy, a broad coalition of organizations, activists, and community leaders dedicated to realizing effective, efficient, and evidence-based marijuana policies in Texas. We offer Primary Election and General Election Voter Guide editions.
We recommend taking the following actions in your area:
- Register yourself and educate others on registering to vote – This is the only way we can be eligible to vote for cannabis-friendly candidates. Register to vote!
- Share the Texas NORML Voter Guide Interactive Link with all of your friends and family and through social media.
- Print and distribute. In addition to the obvious cannabis consumer friendly locations, consider printing up stacks of the Voters’ Guide and leaving them next to the League of Women Voter Guide at your local grocery stores and libraries.
- Look up the State Representatives and State Senators for your area. Find supportive candidates on social media and follow them. Encourage your members to volunteer for their campaigns. Build relationships and plan on staying in touch throughout the legislative process.
- Remind everyone to vote!! Early Voting Begins: Monday, June 29, 2020 | Election Day: Tuesday, July 14, 2020.