YOUR VOTE: Texas
Get ready to cast your ballot this fall.
It's election season! Are you ready? With just a few clicks, we'll walk through voter registration, key election dates, and all the documents you'll need. Best of all, you can share this info with your friends and neighbors. Make sure that your vote counts!
I. WAIT! BEFORE YOU SCROLL ANY FURTHER, REGISTER TO VOTE
Need to register? Or maybe you just want election reminders? Thanks to TurboVote, we've got you covered. Just click below:
II. KNOW THE DATES
- November 3, 2020.
General Registration Deadline:
- The registration cutoff for the General Election is October 5, 2020 (postmarked or in person).
Deadline to Request Mail-In Ballot:
- The deadline to request a ballot by mail is October 23 (received by). So, request your vote-by-mail ballot as soon as possible!
- You must meet certain requirements to vote by mail in Texas. COVID-19 is NOT an excuse that will allow you to vote by mail this fall.
- An Absentee Ballot Application can be downloaded here.
Texas voters may NOT choose to vote by mail due to COVID-19. Only those eligible for vote by mail under normal circumstances (e.g., those 65+ years of age, disabled persons, and those out of the county on Election Day and during the early voting period) are eligible to vote by mail in November.
III. REGISTER TO VOTE
- Not sure you're registered? This handy widget will tell you whether you're on the voter rolls.
- Here are the requirements to register as a voter in Texas.
Need To Register?
- Yes, it's so important we're including it twice. Here's that link again:
IV. WHERE TO VOTE
- School, firehouse or community center, this simple form will tell you where to go to cast your ballot.
- Click here to find contact information for your City or Town Clerk.
Do I need to wear a mask to the polls?
- No. Gov. Greg Abbott's statewide mask mandate exempts voting sites and churches, so you won't have to wear a mask to vote this November.
V. COVID-19 MAIL-IN VOTING & ABSENTEE VOTING
COVID-19 is NOT an accepted reason for requesting a mail-in ballot. However, if you're eligible for an absentee ballot, you will need to request it in advance of the election:
- Request your absentee ballot from your town/city clerk as early as possible. An Absentee Ballot Application can be downloaded here.
- Here are Texas' Absentee Voter Registration Instructions.
Out of town or serving abroad?
VI. WHAT TO TAKE TO THE POLLS
Voter ID Laws:
- Texas requires a photo ID.
- Here is the list of accepted credentials.
Don't have a valid ID?
- If you don't have a valid photo ID, show: voter registration certificate, OR certified birth certificate, OR current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, or government document including check OR any other government document showing the voter's name and an address (e.g. an out-of-state license, a government employee ID, etc.) AND Complete and sign "Reasonable Impediment Declaration."
- An election officer is not permitted to question the reasonableness of your impediment to getting an ID.
VII. HAVING TROUBLE? GET IN TOUCH
The Texas Official Election Center:
- The Texas Official Election Center can be reached by phone at (800) 252-8683 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Voter ID Helpline:
- Call 844-338-8743
Any other questions?
See you at the ballots (or mailboxes), Texans!
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