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VOTER REGISTRATION

Registration Deadline: Pick up a voter registration application, fill it out and mail it in. Upon acceptance, your voter registration will be effective 30 days from registration.


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 the county where you submit the application.


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


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.

ID Requirements:  On August 10, 2016, a federal district court entered an order changing the voter identification requirements for all elections held in Texas after August 10, 2016 until further notice.  As a result, voters who have obtained an acceptable form of photo identification for voting listed below are still required to present it in order to vote in person in all Texas elections.  The acceptable form of photo identification may be expired up to four years.  Voters who have not been able to obtain one of the forms of acceptable photo identification listed below, and have a reasonable impediment or difficulty to obtaining such identification, may present a supporting form of identification and execute a Reasonable Impediment Declaration, noting the voter’s reasonable impediment to obtaining an acceptable form of photo identification, and stating that the voter is the same person on the presented supporting form of identification.


This requirement is effective immediately.


Acceptable identification includes:
   -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 license to carry a handgun 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



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:
Abyssinica SIL   -Voter Registrar's office;
   -Libraries;
   -Texas Department of Public Safety offices
    -Texas Health and Human Services Commission offices

    -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: Only specific reasons entitle a registered voter to vote early by mail. You may request a ballot by mail if you:

   -Expected absence from the county
   -You are disabled
   -You are 65 years of age or older on Election Day or
   -You are confined in jail


OBTAINING AN ABSENTEE BALLOT

Online: Application for Ballot by Mail

By mail: Download an application and mail it to your early election clerk.

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 you.

Emergency Voting: If you experience a death in your family on or after the day before the last day of the period for early voting by personal appearance,
you can request an emergency absentee ballot. Complete the Application for Emergency Ballot Due to Death in Family and hand-deliver it to your early voting clerk.


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.


QUALIFICATIONS

Verifying Registration: Texas voter registration verification


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

Polling Place: Texas voter information website


ID Requirements: See above


How to Vote: Texas voting guide


Getting your vote counted: Texas voter rights


Problems with voting: Texas voter complaint form


Verifying absentee ballot status: Contact your county clerk


 


 


 

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