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VOTER REGISTRATION

Registration Deadline: To vote in an upcoming election, the properly completed voter registration form must be postmarked 30 days before the upcoming election to be valid. In person registration must also be completed 30 days before an election.

Party Affiliation: Texas primary elections require no declared party affiliation, but once you vote in a party's primary you can only attend that party's caucus thereafter through the end of the year.


VOTER REGISTRATION QUALIFICATIONS

Age: Must be at least 18 years old on Election Day

Citizenship: Must be a United States citizen

Residency: Must be a resident of Texas and the county in which you will vote

Mental Competency: You have not been declared by a court exercising probate jurisdiction to be either totally mentally incapacitated or partially mentally incapacitated without the right to vote.

Felony Convictions: You are not a convicted felon (you may be eligible to vote if you have completed your sentence, probation, and parole)

ID Requirements: Your voter application asks for one of following three identification numbers. If you have not received any of these, you are still eligible to register to vote, but you will be required to provide proof of your identity at the polling place. Acceptable identification includes:
   -A driver's license or personal identification card issued to you by the Texas Department of Public Safety. You may also bring a similar document issued to you by an agency of another state, even if the license or card has expired;
   -A form of identification that contains your photograph and establishes your identity;
   -A birth certificate or other document confirming birth that is admissible in a court of law and establishes the person's identity;
   -Your United States citizenship papers;
   -Your United States passport;
   -Official mail addressed to you by a governmental entity; or
   -A copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows your name and address.


OBTAINING A VOTER REGISTRATION FORM

Online: Texas Voter Registration Application

In person: You may pick up a registration form or register at any of the following locations:
   -Voter Register's office;
   -Libraries;
   -High Schools;
   -Texas Department of Public Safety offices;
   -Texas Department of Human Services offices; or
   -Post offices.

By mail/ in writing: Mail the online registration form or send in a request to have a voter registration form mailed to you to fill out.


VERIFYING YOUR VOTER REGISTRATION STATUS

Online: Texas Voter Registration Verification

Phone: Contact your local voter registrar for more information.


ABSENTEE BALLOT QUALIFICATIONS

Who can vote absentee:
Any registered Texas voters can vote early in-person (absentee).
  In order to vote early by-mail one of the following must apply:
   -You will be away from your county on Election Day and during early voting;
   -You are sick or disabled;
   -You are 65 years of age or older on Election Day; or
   -You are confined in jail, but eligible to vote.


OBTAINING AN ABSENTEE BALLOT

Online: Online application for early voting by-mail

In Person: Obtain an in person absentee ballot from your Early Voting Clerk, or Secretary of State's office.

By mail: Download an application to mail or request an absentee ballot application be mailed to you and mail either form completed to your county voter registrar.

Military and overseas voting: Military and overseas voters are welcome to use the regular registration and early voting by mail process available to all voters away from their home county on Election Day. However, there are also special provisions for military and overseas voters.

Emergency Voting: If you experience a death in your family on or after the third day before an election - and you can no longer vote in person - you can request an emergency absentee ballot. Complete the Texas Emergency Absentee Ballot Application and hand-deliver it to your early voting clerk on or after the 3rd day before election day and before 5pm the day before the election.


SUBMITTING AN ABSENTEE BALLOT

Location and time: The early voting clerk must receive your marked ballot by 7 p.m. on Election Day or by the 5th day after Election Day if your ballot is submitted from outside the United States.


EARLY VOTING

Early voting qualifications: Any registered voter may vote early in person without further application or qualification.

Other information for early voting: Generally, early voting in person begins the 17th day before Election Day(if a weekend, early voting starts Monday) and ends the 4th day before an election day. To vote early you only need to show up in person during the prescribed early voting period.


QUALIFICATIONS

Verifying Registration: Texas Voter Registration Verification

Deciding how to vote: http://www.votesmart.org/

Time off to vote: The employee is entitled to take paid time off for voting on election days, unless the employee has at least two consecutive hours to vote outside of the voter's working hours.

Polling Place: On your Voter Registration certificate, you will see a precinct number. Your residence is located in a specific "precinct" or area within the county where you will vote on Election Day. In some cases, precincts may be combined to accommodate joint local elections, so always consult your County Elections Office in the days before an election for the address of the polling place where you're to vote.

ID Requirements: You are required to show your voter registration certificate in order to cast your vote. If you have lost or misplaced your certificate, you must show another form of identification. Acceptable forms of identification include:


A voter will be required to show one of the following forms of photo identification at the polling location before the voter will be permitted to cast a vote:


-Texas driver license issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS)
-Texas Election Identification Certificate issued by DPS
-Texas personal identification card issued by DPS
-Texas concealed handgun license issued by DPS
-United States military identification card containing the person’s photograph
-United States citizenship certificate containing the person’s photograph
-United States passport


With the exception of the U.S. citizenship certificate, the identification must be current or have expired no more than 60 days before being presented at the polling place.


How to Vote: Texas Voting Guide
   -Optical scan
   -DRE
   -Paper ballots

Getting your vote counted: Texas Voter Rights

Problems with voting: Texas Voter Complaint Form

Verifying provisional ballot status: Provisional voters will receive a notice in the mail by the 10th day after the local canvass advising them if their provisional ballots were counted, and if they were not counted, the reason why.

Verifying absentee ballot status: Contact your County Clerk or call your Secretary of State toll free at 1-800-252-8683


 

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