How to primary: A short guide to the 2018 Primary Election

Staff Writer

Early voting in the primary round of this year's national, state, and local elections is underway.
According to Howard County Elections Administrator Jodi Duck, of 16,728 registered voters in Howard County, 485 – or 2.89 percent – have voted in the primaries so far. Of those, 390 have completed a Republican ballot, while 93 have filled out a Democratic ballot.
Early voting is held each weekday through March 2 in the Elections Office on the first floor of the Howard County Courthouse, 300 S. Main St. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., except for this coming Tuesday and Thursday, when the polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Like the General Election, you'll need one of the approved forms of identification (a driver's license or state-issued ID work just fine), and you don't need your voter registration card (but you do have to actually be registered).
You'll also have the opportunity to vote on a list of propositions; there are 11 propositions on the Republican ballot, and 12 on the Democratic ballot. These aren't your typical Texas Constitutional amendments or local issues, however; they're questions about your political party's national or state platform. They won't lead to laws or changes to the Constitution, but they will let your party know what its members think its stance on these issues should be going forward.
You'll have the opportunity to vote "Yes" or "No" for each proposition on your party's ballot.
See the rest of the story, including a list of the propositions on each party's ballot, in Sunday's Herald.