How to Vote in Texas

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How to Register to Vote in Texas

If you plan on voting this November 3, you’ll have to register to vote at least 30 days before the election. Follow these steps to register to vote:

  • Pick up a registration form at a local library, high school, Voter Registrar’s office, or download and print one;
  • Fill it out and sign it;
  • Deliver it in person to your county’s Voter Registrar’s office, Tax Assessor-Collector, County Clerk, or Elections Administrator;
  • Or mail it to your county’s Voter Registrar.

Why wait until the last minute when Texas makes it easy to register now? Voter registration is open for U.S. citizens who are Texas residents who will be at least 18 years old on Election Day, and have no felonies or mental incapacity judgments.

If you’re mailing your voter registration form, don’t forget to postmark the envelope within 30 days of the election. To be safe, mail it well before the registration deadline.

Am I Registered to Vote in Texas?

It’s a good idea to check your Texas voter registration status, especially if it’s been a while since you last voted. You may need to update the record or you may just want to confirm you’re good to go for November. You can find the information you’re looking for at the Texas Secretary of State’s VoteTexas page. You’ll need the following to look up your information:

  • Name, county of registration, date of birth;
  • Texas drivers license number and date of birth;
  • Voter unique identifier (VUID) number and date of birth.

Early Voting in Texas

You can vote early in Texas anytime between Monday, October 19 and October 30, 2020 at any of the polling places in your county. You’ll need to present a valid ID to vote. Texas allows voters to provide several types of identification on Election Day. They include:

  • Texas driver’s license;
  • Handgun license issued by DPS;
  • U.S. citizenship certificate containing your photograph;
  • U.S. military ID;
  • U.S. passport card or book;
  • Texas voter registration card.

Voting in Texas on Election Day

Your voter registration certificate will show a precinct number for where your polling place is located. You can also look up where to vote in the day’s newspaper. Or check the Secretary of State’s website you referred to when you confirmed if you are registered to vote.

Some Texas counties are part of the Countywide Polling Place Program (CWPP). If your county participates, you’re allowed to vote at any location in your county from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Don’t forget to take a form of identification from the list above.

Why Voting Is Important

Our forefathers sacrificed their lives so we would have the right to vote. Don’t let your right and privilege go to waste. Your vote can decide what the state minimum wage should be, what rights minorities and women should have, and more. The November elections are important. The country will be voting for a President and members of the Senate and House, responsible for the nation’s direction in the next four years.

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