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ALERT: Due to COVID-19 (coronavirus), all May 2nd local elections have been moved to November 3rd. Also, the May 26 Primary Runoff Election has been postponed until July 14th. Early voting will take place July 6-10th. If you have any questions please contact your Secretary of State.

ALERTA: Debido a COVID-19 (coronavirus), todos elecciones locales pautadas para el 2 de mayo se realizarán el 3 de noviembre. Además, las elecciones primarias de segunda vuelta pautadas para el 26 de mayo se pospusieron hasta el 14 de julio. La votación temprana tendrá lugar del 6 al 10 de julio. Si tiene alguna pregunta, comuníquese con su Secretario de Estado.

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Upcoming Election Dates & Registration Deadlines

Some elections in this list are local and do not apply for all Texas voters. Please click the “View all” button below to view all election dates in your state.

Next Election: General
Saturday, May 2, 2020
Local Elections

Registration Deadlines

By Mail
Thursday, April 2, 2020
In Person
Thursday, April 2, 2020

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Jul
Tuesday, July 14, 2020
Runoff
Primary Runoff

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Nov
Tuesday, November 3, 2020
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Texas Voting Information

Absentee Ballot Process

To qualify for an absentee ballot, you must be:

  • Absent from your county of residence on Election Day and during the early voting period
  • Sick or have a disability that prevents you from voting in person without assistance
  • 65 or older
  • Confined to jail serving a misdemeanor sentence; or confined to jail without bail pending trial for a felony or appeal of a felony conviction

You must request an application for ballot by mail (ABBM) from an early voting clerk in the county where you are registered, or from the secretary of state's office. Once received, read the instructions carefully, complete the ABBM form and return to the early voting clerk in your county by mail, common carrier or fax. The application must be received by the early voting clerk before the early voting in person period begins (usually the 17th day before the election).

The Early Voting Clerk must receive your marked ballot by 7pm on Election Day or by the 5th day after Election Day if your ballot is submitted from outside the US.

Overseas citizens and U.S. military personnel can find information on how to register to vote and request an absentee ballot at the Overseas Vote Foundation.

 

 

 

Campaign Finance Information

For information on federal campaign contributions, please visit Open Secrets.

For information on state campaign contributions, please visit your state's resource.

Candidate and Ballot Measure Information

Information on local, state and federal candidates and ballot measures may be available here.

To see a list of available races, visit the race index.

 

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Early Voting

In person early voting is available to any registered voter in Texas beginning on the 17th day (12th day before a May election) before an election  - unless it's a weekend then early voting starts on Monday, and ending on the fourth day before Election Day. No excuse is needed to vote early in person. Early voting in person is conducted in the building that houses the office of the County Clerk or City Secretary, or in a place designated by the County Commissioners or City Council.

 

Election Dates

The next election dates can be found here https://www.vote411.org/texas.

You can also contact your local Board of Elections for more information.

Mobile phones and tablets are prohibited in the voting booth, but the law allows you to take the Voters Guide with you. You can also use the interactive version here at VOTE411.org to print your choices to take with you. 

 

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible to vote in Texas you must be:

  • A U.S. citizen
  • A resident of the county in which you intend to vote (See below for information if you have recently moved)
  • At least 18 years old (you may register at 17 years and 10 months)
  • Not convicted of a felony (unless your sentence is completed, including any probation or parole)
  • Not declared mentally incompetent by a court of law
  • Be registered 30 days before the election in which you plan to vote

If you have recently moved:

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.

For more information on how to update your registration, click here.

ID Needed for Voter Registration

In order to register to vote in Texas you must include your Texas driver's license number or personal ID number issued by the Texas Department of public Safety on the application form. If you do not have either of these numbers you may provide the last four digits of your social security number on the form. If you don't have a social security number you must check the box stating you do not have this information

 

 

ID Needed for Voting?

All citizens wishing to vote must be on the official list of registered voters. Voters may use one of seven (7) forms of photo ID, listed below. IDs may be expired up to four years. Persons seventy years of age or older may use an expired ID.

  • Driver license

  • Texas Election Identification Certificate (EIC)

  • Texas Personal Identification Card issued by DPS

  • Texas license to carry a handgun issued by DPS

  • US military identification card containing the person’s photograph

  • US citizenship certificate containing the person’s photograph

  • US passport (book or card)

Registered voters without photo ID, who cannot reasonably obtain one, may sign a form and present the original or a copy of one of the following documents with the voters name and address to vote a regular ballot:

  • Voter registration card

  • Certifiedbirthcertificate

  • Current utility bill

  • Bankstatement

  • Government check

  • Paycheck

  • Any other government document such as an out of state driver’s license or ex- pired Texas driver’s license.

The form is called a “Voter’s Declaration of Reasonable Impediment or Difficulty.” The voter must mark on the form one of the following reasons for not providing a photo ID.*

  • Lack of transportation

  • Disability or illness

  • Lack of birth certificate or other documents needed to obtain an acceptable form of photo ID.

  • Work schedule

  • Family responsibilities

  • Lost or stolen identification

  • Acceptable form of photo ID applied for but not received

*ID address does not have to match the voter registration address.

A student ID is not a form of vailid voter ID.

Once you sign the form and show your ID you will be able to cast a normal ballot at your polling place.

The name on your photo ID and the list of registered voters must match. If your name is substantially similar (if it's slightly different, is a common variation of your formal name, contains an initial, middle name or former last name or your first, middle or last name is in a different field on the ID than on the list of registered voters) you may still be able to vote a normal ballot. However, you must also submit an affidavit stating that you are the same person as is listed on the list of registered voters.

If you do not have any of these forms of ID, you can get an Election Identification Certificate to present at the polling place. To find out more about these certificates, click here.

Overseas and Military Voters

You are a Military or Overseas voter if you are in uniformed services, living overseas OR a spouse or dependent of a uniformed services voter. To get registered and vote, you can utilize Overseas Vote Foundation.

If you have additional questions about elections and voting overseas you can use our state specific elections official directory or contact the Overseas Vote Foundation.

Poll Worker Information

In order to be a poll worker in Texas:

  • You must be registered to vote in Texas
  • You must be at least 18 years of age
  • Political affiliation generally required
  • You must be a resident of the precinct for 30 days prior to the election
  • You must complete required training

You will be entitled to compensation

For information about student elections clerks, aged 16 or older, visit your state resource.

To sign up, contact your local board of elections.

Polling Place Hours

On election day the polling place will be open from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm.

Polling Place Locator

You can find your polling place by utilizing your state resource.

If you have further questions on your polling place location, please contact your county clerk.

Provisional Voting

Provisional Ballots are counted between 7-13 days after the election.

You are eligible to vote a provisional ballot if:

  • You claim to be an eligible voter, but your name does not appear on the list of registered voters, and your registration cannot be determined by the voter registrar
  • You have applied for a ballot by mail, but have not returned it or cancelled it with the main early voting clerk
  • You vote during extended polling hours ordered by a state or federal court
  • You are registered, but are attempting to vote in a precinct other than the one in which you are registered
  • You do not present a voter registration certificate or any other acceptable form of identification
  • You are registered in the precinct, but your address is not located in the political subdivision conducting the election
  • You voted in another party's primary in the primary election

If you claim to be registered, but your name is not on the list of registered voters, the presiding judge shall call the voter registrar to determine if you are registered. If registration can be confirmed, and you can show identification, you may vote a regular ballot, or be directed to the correct precinct if you are in the wrong precinct. You may vote a provisional ballot, but you must be informed that it will not be counted if:

  • You registered in a different precinct
  • It is indicated on the voter registration list that you voted by mail
  • You have no identification

Provisional voters will receive a notice in the mail by the 10th day after the election letting them know if their provisional ballots were county, and if they were not counted, the reasons why.

Texas does offer a limited ballot, but it is not considered a provisional ballot. Limited ballots are available if you have moved from one Texas county to another and are registered to vote in the former county of residence, but your voter registration in the new county will not be effective by election day due to the 30 day required period between registration and the election. This limited ballot is available only during early voting by personal appearance or by mail. The limited ballot contains only offices or propositions to be voted on statewide, or offices or propositions of territorial units of which you were a resident both before and after your move.

Provisions for Voters with Disabilities

If you have a sickness or physical condition that prevents you from voting without personal assistance or voting could negatively impact your health, you are eligible to vote using the early voting by mail materials on election day, at the main early voting polling place, or at your precinct polling place.

If you are physically unable to enter the polling place, an election official may deliver the ballot to you at the entrance or curb of the polling place. If you are physically unable to mark your ballot, or cannot read the ballot, you are eligible for assistance. You may choose anyone as an assistant except your employer or an officer of your union, or an agent of either. The assistant must take an oath of assistance administered by an election official. The assistant may read the ballot to you and mark your ballot. If you do not choose your own assistant, two election officials (of different political parties in the General Election) may assist you. Poll watchers and inspectors can observe the assistance by election officials.

An interpreter may be used if you and the election official cannot speak the same language. The interpreter must be a registered voter of the county, must take the oath of assistance and may interpret for any number of voters. Under HAVA, all Texas counties must provide one direct electronic voting machine (DRE) at each polling place for use by voters with visual disabilities, so they may cast their ballot without assistance. These machines are equipped with headphones and a keypad.

To find out more about how you may receive support while voting, click here.

For more information, you can utilize the American Association of People With Disabilities (AAPD) resource.

If you are a person with a disability and have questions about your voting rights, call Disability Rights Texas’ Voting Hotline at 1-888-796-VOTE (8683)

Registration Deadline

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.

Time Off To Vote

Los empleadores les deben de otorgar a los empleados licencia pagada para votar el Día de las Elecciones, a menos que las casillas estén abiertas dos horas antes o después del turno laboral regular.

Verify Voter Registration

To verify your voter registration status, please utilize your state's registration tool.

Voting Machines

Los sistemas de votación utilizados en Texas son el escaneo óptico, DRE y boletas de papel.

Escaneo óptico: con este sistema, usted recibirá una tarjeta u hoja de papel la cual lleva a una mesa o cabina de votación privada. La tarjeta contiene los nombres de los diversos candidatos y medidas electorales impresas en ella. Con una pluma o lápiz llena una pequeña casilla o círculo o el espacio entre dos flechas. Cuando termine de llenar todas las tarjetas, puede llevar las tarjetas hacia la caja electoral, en donde el trabajador electoral le mostrará cómo poner las tarjetas en la caja. O, en algunos lugares, puede someter las tarjetas o papeles completados a una computadora que revisa su tarjeta o papel ahí mismo en la casilla para asegurarse de que votó de la manera que usted quería y cuenta los votos.

Grabación electrónica directa (DRE, por sus siglas en inglés): este es un tipo de sistema más nuevo que se está usando en los EE. UU. Toda la información acerca de por quién y para qué está votando se encuentra en una pantalla electrónica como una televisión o una pantalla de computadora.

Existen muchas variaciones de DRE debido a que muchas compañías están inventando nuevas, y muchas ciudades, condados y estados están probándolas. Por lo general, después de haberse registrado, los trabajadores electorales le darán una tarjeta la cual desliza dentro del dispositivo para comenzar su sesión de votación.

Algunos de estos dispositivos mostrarán a todos los candidatos y opciones de votación en una pantalla grande. A menudo, con estos dispositivos de pantallas grandes, usted aprieta un botón al lado del nombre del candidato por el cual quiere votar (o sí o no en una medida electoral). En otros DRE, la pantalla está configurada para mostrar páginas. En cada pantalla o página habrá probablemente una cosa por la cual votar. Por ejemplo, en una pantalla o página, puede votar por presidente. Después continúa a la siguiente página para votar para senador. A menudo, estos dispositivos con pantallas pequeñas tienen una pantalla táctil, en donde toca la pantalla al lado del nombre de la persona por la que quiere votar. Otros dispositivos tienen un teclado numérico. Algunos otros tienen un teclado para que pueda escribir el nombre de la persona por la que quiere votar.

Usted le deja saber al sistema que ya terminó de votar apretando un botón, tocando la pantalla o introduciendo algo en el teclado.

Boletas de papel: las boletas de papel son una de las maneras más antiguas de votación en Estados Unidos. Todavía se utilizan en unos cuantos lugares el Día de las Elecciones. Cuando llega a la casilla, recibirá una boleta de papel de manos de un trabajador electoral. La lleva a la cabina de votación y usa una pluma o un papel para marcar la casilla al lado de su elección de candidato o tema. Puede dejar la boleta marcada en una caja de votación sellada.

Los siguientes proveedores se encuentran certificados actualmente por el Estado de Texas:

  • Diebold Electronic Systems, Inc. (Accu-Vote TS)
  • Election Systems and Software, Inc. (AutoMARK 1.0, iVotronic v.8.0.1.0.)
  • Hart Intercivic, Inc. (eSlate v.5.0, v.3.3)

Puede aprender más acerca de los sistemas de votación viendo el recurso de la Comisión de Asistencia Electoral (EAC, por sus siglas en inglés).

 

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