Texas Voter Registration Information

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VOTER REGISTRATION

Registration Deadline: Pick up a voter registration application, fill it out and mail it at least 30 days before the election date.


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.

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 the 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:
   -
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


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 Registrar's office;
   -Libraries;
   -High Schools;
    -Post offices.

- Secretary of State's Office
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When you apply for or renew your driver's license

By mail/ in writing: Mail the online registration formor 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:
   -You will be away from your county on Election Day
and during the hours that early voting is conducted
   -You are sick or 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

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

By mail: Download an application and mail it 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 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.

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://votesmart.org/

Polling Place:
Texas voter information website

ID Requirements: Voters are now required to present an approved form of photo identification in order to vote in all Texas elections


-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

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