The registration deadline for the Tuesday, November 8, 2016 General Election is Tuesday, October 11, 2016.
There is no length of residency requirement before registering to vote in Texas. 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.
You may request a postage-paid application by filling out the application form. A voter registration application will be mailed to you soon after. You must mail the voter registration application to the voter registrar in your county of residence. You may also pick up a voter registration application at many post offices, libraries, Texas department of public safety offices, or Texas department of human services offices throughout the state.
If you moved within the same county where you are currently registered, you must file the new address information in writing with your voter registrar or you may submit the in county change online. If you miss this deadline, you may return to your old precinct to vote, but you will be required to complete a statement of residence confirming your new address in your new precinct.
If you moved to a new county, you must re-register in your new county of residence to be eligible to vote in the election. If you miss this deadline, you may be eligible to vote a limited ballot. A limited ballot is available only during the early voting period. The limited ballot application will also act as a voter registration application. Contact your county voter registration official for more information.
If you are a student who spends several weeks or months a year in different locations, but you want to vote in Texas, you will need to decide which place in Texas is the geographic location you consider to be your permanent home. This location should be where you intend to return after any temporary absence. When you are describing your residence on the voter application, you are making a factual statement to the best of your knowledge and belief. You are presumed under Texas law to be in the best position to make a factual determination concerning where your residence is for registration purposes. However, you cannot register in more than one location; if you register in one county but put another Texas county as your home on the application, your application will be forwarded to the Texas county of your residence.