The Audelia Road Library is one of several area polling places

Early voting begins today in Dallas, and Lake Highlands voters have a few choices to make.

Deputy Mayor Pro Tem Adam McGough is running for his fourth term on the council, and challenger Sirrano Keith Baldeo is making a second try at unseating him. In 2019, Baldeo collected less than 3% of the vote, so the outcome of the election isn’t likely to be dramatic. The drama, instead, may be whether McGough runs for a different elective office when he terms out in 2023. Council members are limited to four consecutive 2-year terms.

Two Richardson ISD school board places are up for grabs in the May 1 election, but Lake Highlands residents will have only one on their ballot. District 1 is a single member district near J.J. Pearce High School. At-large District 7 drew seven contenders: Nicole Foster, Amanda Clair, Blake Sawyer, Eric Stengel, Chris Poteet, Gavin Haynes and Nick LaGrassa. Expect a runoff election.

In the City of Dallas, Proposition A would eliminate the requirement that volunteers serving on boards or commissions be qualified to vote. Eligible voters must be over 18, citizens of the Unites States and residents of Dallas County. Prop B would eliminate the requirement that members of civil service boards be qualified taxpaying citizens.

Several area school districts have bonds on the ballot, but RISD’s is the largest. Our $750 bond is broken into two proposals – Prop A for $694 million and Prop B for $56 – due to new legislation which mandates that the purchase of technical devices be offered separately on the ballot.

You may check here to verify that you are registered to vote, and you’ll need a valid ID to cast your ballot. In Dallas County, voters may choose any polling location, and you’ll find a map with options here. Early voting runs through April 27, and Election Day is May 1. Voting hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 19-24, 1-5 p.m. April 25 and 7-7 after that.