Voting in Texas

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This page has information relating to voting in Texas. For full information contact your state election agency.

Registration

To vote in Texas, you must meet the following requirements:[1]

  • be a U.S. citizen;
  • be a resident of the county;
  • be 18 years old (you may register at 17 years and 10 months);
  • not a convicted felon (unless a person's sentence is completed, including any probation or parole)
  • not declared mentally incapacitated by a court of law

When and where

Registration must be completed 28 days prior to the election. You can get a voter registration application at your library, any government office, or download one online. You will then be mailed a voter registration certificate or card with your name, address, and the number of the precinct in which you’ll vote.[2]

Online registration

See also: Online voter registration in the 50 states

As of October 2014, Texas is one of the 35 states that have not implemented online voter registration.

Voting on election day

Following registration to vote, voters will receive a voter registration certificate. The certificate should be presented to an election officer at the polling place. Additionally, all voters who registered to vote in Texas must provide a Texas driver's license number, personal identification number issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety or the last four digits of your social security number.

Note: Texas' new photo ID requirement was upheld down by the Supreme Court on October 20, 2014.[3][4][5][6][7] According to VoteTexas.gov the following forms of photo ID will be accepted:[8]

  • 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

Poll times

See also: State Poll Opening and Closing Times

In Texas, all polling places are open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Central Time.[9] Texas is divided between Central and Mountain time zones.

Primary voting

Texas is one of 21 states with a mixed primary system. Voters do not have to register with a party. At the primary, they may choose which party primary ballot to vote on, but in order to vote they must sign a pledge declaring they will not vote in another party's primary or convention that year.[10][11]

Absentee voting

See also: Absentee voting

Eligibility

Voters are eligible to vote absentee in an election if they cannot make it to the polls on election day for one of the following reasons:[12]

  • The voter is away from his or her county on election day and during early voting.
  • The voter is sick or disabled.
  • The voter is 65 years of age or older on Election Day.
  • The voter is confined in jail, but eligible to vote.

Deadlines

To vote absentee a request must be received by county elections office no earlier than 30 days prior to the election and no later than close of business seven days prior to the election. The ballot must then be returned by close of polls on election day.[13]

Military and overseas voting

For full details, visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program here.

Early voting

See also: Early voting

Texas is one of 34 states that has early voting with no specific requirements as to who can vote early. Early voting begins the 17th day before an election and ends on the fourth day prior to Election Day.[14] The average number of days prior to an election that voters can cast an early ballot is 21 days in states with a definitive starting date.

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