Early voting begins Oct. 13 in Collin and Denton counties. Turnout in both counties is already expected to surge due to an increase in the number of registered voters as well as high interest in some of this year’s races. The following coverage of the Nov. 3 election includes everything voters should know before heading to the polls.

  • Plano residents can cast ballots at any polling location within their respective county of residence during early voting Oct. 13-30 and on Nov. 3, Election Day. Here are links to sample ballot listings for Collin County and Denton County residents. There are no early voting locations within the city of Plano for Denton County voters during early voting this October, but there are locations in nearby Carrollton, Lewisville and The Colony. The map below shows local polling locations within Plano city limits for Collin County voters.

  • Collin County and Denton County operate their polls at different times during early voting.

In Collin County, early voting is available at these times on these dates:

Oct. 13-16: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Oct. 17: 7 a.m.-7 p.m.

Oct. 18: 1-6 p.m.

Oct. 19-24: 7 a.m.-7 p.m.

Oct. 25: 1-6 p.m.

Oct. 26-30: 7 a.m.-7 p.m.

In Denton County, early voting is available at these times on these dates:

Oct. 13-17: 7 a.m.-7 p.m.

Oct. 18: 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Oct. 19-24: 7 a.m.-7 p.m.

Oct. 25: 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Oct. 26-30: 7 a.m.-7 p.m.

  • Election Day is approaching, and so are key deadlines. This election will look a little different in Texas with COVID-19 precautions and the absence of straight-ticket voting. Here are some things to look out for this October and on Election Day.

  • Gov. Greg Abbott extended early voting for the Nov. 3 election by a week July 27, citing the pressure of holding an election during the pandemic in a press release. Early voting will now be held between Oct. 13-30. The proclamation also allows for marked mail-in ballots to be delivered before or on Election Day. To find out where you can drop off your mail-in ballot, visit Vote Denton or Collin County Elections.

  • Increased turnout is just one factor driving the anticipated increase in wait times at the polls. Completing a ballot will take longer due to an increased number of races, the elimination of straight-party voting and new sanitation protocols, according to local and state officials. To check wait times of polling locations, visit Collin County Elections. Denton County does not have a way to check wait times but does offer an interactive map for finding the nearest polling location.

  • For first time voters, here are some basic processes Texans can expect to go through at the polls.

Community Impact Newspaper will report on the election throughout the early voting period and on Election Day. Follow our continuous coverage, find candidate Q&A's and more at www.communityimpact.com/vote.

Editor's note: This article has been updated with corrected links to Collin County election webpages.