Here is what voters in Richardson and the Lake Highlands, Lakewood areas of Dallas need to know about early voting for May 7 election

Early voting in the May 7 Richardson ISD general election begins April 25. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Early voting in the May 7 Richardson ISD general election begins April 25. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Early voting in the May 7 Richardson ISD general election begins April 25. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)

Early voting in the May 7 general election begins April 25.

The last day to vote early in person is May 3, while April 25 is the last day to apply for a ballot by mail, according to the state’s election calendar.

Residents within Richardson ISD will be voting for members of the RISD school board of trustees.

Positions up for election include single-member districts 2, 4 and 5, though only two of the three races are contested.

Board President Regina Harris is running unopposed in her re-election bid for District 4, cementing her second term on the board. A total of three candidates are vying for the single-member District 2 seat, including incumbent board member Eron Linn, Sherry Clemens and Vanessa Pacheco.

The three candidates running in the single-member District 5 race are Kile Brown, Rachel McGowan and Jan Stell. The District 5 seat has remained vacant since Sept. 24 when former President Karen Clardy resigned by way of a letter sent to former Superintendent Jeannie Stone and her fellow board trustees.

Read Q&A's from the candidates for District 2 and District 5 here.

Voters in Dallas County may cast a ballot at any polling location in the county during early voting and on election day. To find out where to vote during early voting and on election day in Dallas County, click here.

In Dallas County, polls will be open from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. April 25-30, 12-6 p.m. May 1 and 7 a.m.-7 p.m. May 2-3.

This year, eight Dallas County polling locations in Richardson and two in the Lake Highlands/Lakewood area of Dallas will be closed for the May 7 election because of a shortage of poll workers. Those includes Skyview Elementary, Lake Highlands Junior High, Lake Highlands High, Wallace Elementary, Spring Valley Elementary, Richardson North Junior High, Dan D. Rogers Elementary and St. Andrews Presbyterian Church.

In addition to the local races, voters will see two statewide propositions on the ballot. Although property taxes are already frozen for the disabled and those 65 and older, Proposition 1 will ask voters whether to allow the Texas Legislature to provide additional tax relief from school districts for even those elderly and disabled homeowners with frozen taxes.

Proposition 2 will ask voters whether to increase the amount of the residence homestead exemption from ad valorem taxation for public schools from $25,000 to $40,000.

Every homeowner in Texas is already offered a $25,000 homestead exemption on property taxes from public school districts—meaning the first $25,000 of a home’s appraised property value does not count against a homeowner’s annual property taxes, according to Joshua Blank, research director of the Texas Politics Project for The University of Texas. If approved, that exemption for homeowners would be raised to $40,000.
By Jackson King
Jackson joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in January of 2022. He graduated in 2020 from Texas A&M with a degree in journalism. Jackson covers education, local government, business, development, real estate, transportation and nonprofits in the Richardson community. Prior to CI, he covered sports for the Wylie News, interned at Maroon Weekly and Insite Brazos Valley Magazine in College Station, Texas, and wrote freelance for the Dallas Morning News.