Today is your last chance to vote in the Democratic and Republican primaries, to have your voice heard about who should represent each party in the November elections.

More than 21,000 people voted early this year — either in person or through absentee ballots — about twice as many who voted early four years ago.

In addition to the primaries for statewide positions, such as governor, lieutenant governor, there are some important local races.

Mark Henry and Lonnie Cox are seeking the county judge position in the Republican Party primary, as are Tom Dickens and Jack Roady in their district attorney race. No Democrats filed to run in those elections.

Another race that has gathered attention for the state representative for District 23 pits incumbent Wayne Faircloth against Mayes Middleton. Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m.

Election Day polling places

• Joe Faggard Community Center, 1750 state Highway 87, Crystal Beach

• Rebecca Sealy Hospital, 404 8th St., Galveston (first floor)

• Galveston County Court House, 722 Moody Ave., Galveston (second floor)

• L.A. Morgan Elementary, 1410 37th St., Galveston

• GISD Administration Building, 3904 Ave. T, Galveston (board room)

• Moody Methodist Church, 2803 53rd St., Galveston (use Avenue U entrance)

• Alamo School, 5200 Ave. N 1/2, Galveston (use east entrance)

• Weis Intermediate, 7100 Stewart Road, Galveston (cafeteria — use east entrance)

• Seaside Baptist Church, 16534 Termini-San Luis Pass Road, Jamaica Beach

• MUD 12 Building, 2929 state Highway 6, Bayou Vista (second floor)

• Greater St. Matthews Baptist Church, 6333 state Highway 6, Hitchcock (Fellowship Hall)

• West County Building, 11730 state Highway 6, Santa Fe (courtroom)

• Santa Fe ISD Museum, 13304 state Highway 6, Santa Fe

• Calvary Baptist Church, 517 18th Ave. N., Texas City.

• Texas City Central Fire Station, 1721 25th St. N., Texas City (training room — use north entrance)

• Nessler Civic Center, 2010 5th Ave. North, Texas City (surf room)

• Carver Park Community Center, 6415 Park Avenue, Texas City (Carter Room)

• La Marque Community Room, 1109-B Bayou Road, La Marque

• Dickinson City Hall, 4403 state Highway 3, Dickinson

• San Leon Volunteer Fire Department, 12th and Avenue D, San Leon (training room)

• Old Bacliff Community Center, 4503 11th St., Bacliff

• Kemah Fire Department, 905 state Highway 146, Kemah

• CCISD Administration Building, 2425 East Main St., League City (board room)

• Hometown Heroes Park, 2105 Dickinson Ave., League City (enter from state Highway 96)

• League City Civic Center, 400 West Walker St., League City

• League City Intermediate, 2588 Webster St., League City (cafeteria)

• North County Annex, 174 Calder Road, League City (courtroom)

• IBC Bank, 2301 West FM 646, Dickinson

• Bauerschlag Elementary, 2051 W. League City Parkway, League City (library)

• Creekside Intermediate, 4320 W. Main St., League City (practice gym — park on the east)

• Old Friendswood Jr. High, 402 Laurel Drive, Friendswood (cafeteria)

• AMOCO Federal credit Union, 235 E. Parkwood Ave., Friendswood (community room — use west entrance)

• Friendswood City Hall, 910 South Friendswood Ave., Friendswood (second floor)

• Regal Estates, 500 Enterprise, League City

• Ministry of Encouragement, 3424 state Highway 3, Dickinson

• Mid-County Annex, 9300 Emmett F. Lowry Expressway, Texas City

We know not everyone needs a civic lesson today, but voting is an important right and one that must be exercised by everyone eligible.

No one wants a minority of voters deciding who we send to city hall, Austin or Washington.

So whether you view the issues on this year’s ballot as big or small, please go vote.

It is your civic obligation.

• The Daily News Editorial Board

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