Texas, like many other states, allows registered voters to cast their ballots before Election Day. It's called early voting, and Dallas County has several polling places set up for nine days prior to an election. The early voting polls then close four days before Election Day. As of the date of publication, Dallas County had 47 early voting locations. Contact county elections officials to determine the location of your early polling place.
City of Dallas
Dallas is by far the biggest city in Dallas County and is the third-largest city in Texas. As such, the Dallas County Elections Department has more early voting locations there than anywhere else in the county. A total of 23 early voting sites are in Dallas. Many are in public buildings, like libraries, churches and municipal halls. Others are in recreational centers.
The Dallas Metropolitan Statistical Area is the fourth-largest in the United States, as of the 2010 U.S. Census. The metro's overall population of nearly 6.5 million residents dwarfs the city's 1.2 million. An additional 24 polling places are in suburbs around Dallas.
In keeping with a public library's commitment to civics and public knowledge, libraries account for the largest contingent of public places offering their space for early voting booths. In Dallas County in 2011, 11 of the county's 47 early voting sites are in a public library. The second-largest contingent in 2011 were city and town halls of the major municipalities in Dallas County. These government headquarters accounted for nine early voting places.
Locations of all early polling places in Dallas County are: Addison Fire Station No. 1, 4798 Airport Pkwy; Audelia Road Library, 10045 Audelia Road; Balch Springs City Hall, 3117 Hickory Tree; Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD Administration, 1445 N. Perry Road; Cedar Hill Government Center, 285 Uptown Blvd.; Cockrell Hill City Hall, 4125 W. Clarendon; Coppell Town Center, 255 E. Parkway Blvd.; Crosswinds High School, 1100 N. Carrier Parkway; Dallas City Hall, 1500 Marilla St.; DeSoto Town Center Library, 211 E. Pleasant Run Road; Duncanville Library, 201 James Collins Blvd.; Farmers Branch City Hall, 13000 William Dodson; Frankford Town Homes, 18110 Marsh Lane; Fretz Park Library, 6990 Belt Line Road,; Garland City Hall, 200 N. Fifth St.; Garner Elementary School, 145 Polo Road; Grauwyler Park Recreation Center, 7780 Harry Hines Blvd.; Harry Stone Recreation Center, 2403 Millmar Drive; Hebron & Josey Library, 4220 N. Josey Lane; Highland Hills Library, 3624 Simpson Stuart; Irving Arts Center, 3333 N. MacArthur Blvd.; Irving City Hall, 825 W. Irving Blvd., Josey Ranch Library, 1700 Keller Springs Road; Lakeside Activity Center, 101 Holley Park Drive; Lancaster Veterans Memorial Library, 1600 Veterans Memorial Parkway; Marsh Lane Baptist Church, 10716 Marsh Lane; Martin Luther King Jr. Core Building, 2922 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.; Martin Weiss Recreation Center, 1111 Martindell Ave.; Mountain Creek Library, 6102 Mountain Creek Parkway; Oak Cliff Sub-Courthouse, 410 S. Beckley Ave.; Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, 7611 Park Lane; Pleasant Oaks Recreation Center, 8701 Greenmound Ave.; Preston Royal Library, 5626 Royal Lane; Records Building, 509 Main St.; Renner-Frankford Library, 6400 Frankford Road; Reverchon Recreation Center, 3505 Maple Ave; Richardson ISD Administration Building, 400 S. Greenville; Richardson Civic Center, 411 W. Arapaho Road; Rowlett City Hall Annex, 4004 Main St.; Seagoville City Hall, 702 N. Highway 175; South Oak Cliff High School, 3601 S. Marsalis Ave.; St. Luke Community Life Center, 6211 E. Grand Ave.; Sunnyvale Town Hall, 127 N. Collins Road; Valley Ranch Library, 401 Cimarron Trail; Veterans Medical Center, 4500 S. Lancaster Road; West Dallas Multipurpose Center, 2828 Fish Trap Road; Wilmer Community Center, 101 Davidson Plaza.
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