Early voting for Texas Senate District 30 special election continues

A special election to fill the Texas Senate District 30 seat is being held Sept. 29. Early voting is ongoing until Sept. 25. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
A special election to fill the Texas Senate District 30 seat is being held Sept. 29. Early voting is ongoing until Sept. 25. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

A special election to fill the Texas Senate District 30 seat is being held Sept. 29. Early voting is ongoing until Sept. 25. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Early voting for the Texas Senate District 30 special election will continue through Sept. 25 to fill the seat vacated by state Sen. Pat Fallon, R-Prosper, who was selected to replace U.S. Rep. John Ratcliffe, R-Heath, on the Nov. 3 ballot.

Six candidates are vying for the District 30 seat, which represents 14 counties, including a portion of Collin County.

As of Sept. 19 in Collin County, 1,713 people have voted early, either in person or via mail-in ballot. Election day is Sept. 29. Polls will be open from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 21-23 and from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Sept. 24-25. There are 11 early voting locations in Collin County. A full list can be found on the Collin County elections website.

In-person voting remains available to citizens and is in line with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines for COVID-19. According to the Collin County elections website, social distancing will be maintained, and a limited number of voters will be allowed inside each poll location at a time.

Disposable ballot marking devices will be provided for every voter, and all voting equipment will be frequently sanitized. Face coverings for voters are recommended.


The candidates are:

  • state Rep. Drew Springer, R-Muenster

  • Republican Shelley Luther, a Dallas salon owner who was jailed earlier this year after refusing to close her business due to coronavirus guidelines

  • Republican Craig Carter, who ran against Fallon in the 2018 primaries

  • Democrat Jacob Minter, recording secretary for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 20

  • Republican Chris Watts, Denton mayor

  • Republican Andy Hopper, a Decatur engineer and member of the Texas State Guard

By Sandra Sadek
Sandra Sadek covers the cities of Grapevine, Southlake and Roanoke as well as Carroll ISD for Community Impact. She graduated from Texas State University where she majored in journalism and international relations. She has experience working for several local papers including the University Star, the Katy Times, and the Fort Stockton Pioneer. When she's not on the ground reporting, she enjoys a good book and a hot drink. Follow her on social media @ssadek19.