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Early Voting Starts Monday For Texas Primary

AUSTIN (AP) - Early voting begins Monday for the May 29 Texas primary election.

The secretary of state's office says early voting ends May 25. July 31 has been set for any races that require runoffs.

The general election is Nov. 6.

Various local and school elections are set for Saturday in communities across Texas.

The Justice Department will have monitors present for Saturday's municipal elections in Dallas, Galveston and Jasper counties. The federal agency said Friday that the monitors will help ensure compliance with the 1965 Voting Rights Act that prohibits discrimination.

The agency annually deploys hundreds of federal observers to monitor elections nationwide.

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