TEXAS

VOTING GUIDE

Including Student Information

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+ Registration Deadlines and Election Dates

  • Voter Registration Deadline: 30 days before Election Day

2019

  • General Election Registration Deadline: October 7
  • General Election: November 5

2020

  • Primary Election Registration Deadline: February 3, 2020
  • Primary Election: March 3
  • General Election Registration Deadline: October 1
  • General Election: November 3

 

+ Official Election Websites

+ Register at School or Home

Students have a choice about where to register to vote.
Students attending college may register at their campus address or choose to remain registered or register at their permanent or home address.
You may only be registered and vote in one location.

+ What Type of ID Do I Need to Register?

Texas’s voter registration form asks for your Texas driver’s license or ID number, or the last four digits of your Social Security Number. Be sure to provide one of these numbers if you have it.

+ What Type of ID Do I Need to Vote?

All voters will be asked for ID when voting in person.  Approved photo IDs include:

  • Texas driver license, personal ID, handgun license, or Election ID Certificate from DPS
  • U.S. military ID containing the person’s photograph
  • U.S. citizenship certificate containing the person’s photograph
  • U.S. passport

Except for the US citizenship certificate, these photo IDs cannot be expired for more than four years unless the voter is over age 70 in which case they can be expired if the ID is otherwise valid. Voters without one of these forms of photo ID may sign a Reasonable Impediment Declaration and present a supporting form of ID and cast a regular ballot.  Supporting forms of ID are:

  • Voter registration certificate
  • Certified birth certificate (original or copy)
  • Copy of or original current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or government document with your name and an address (original required if it contains a photograph)

+ Where Do I Vote?

Make a plan. Look up your voting site and hours at: https://teamrv-mvp.sos.texas.gov/MVP/mvp.do

+ How Can I Vote?

By Mail

  • Texas voters may only vote by mail if they will be away from their county on Election Day and during the in-person early voting period; are sick or disabled; are at least 65 years old on Election Day; or are confined in jail not serving a sentence for a felony.
  • You may request a ballot by mail from the county elections office by mailing, emailing or faxing the official state mail-in ballot request form. If the request is faxed or emailed, then the original, hard copy of the application MUST be mailed and received by the early voting clerk no later than the 4th business day after the clerk received the fax or email. All applications must be received by the county clerk no later than the 11th day before election day by the close of regular business or noon, whichever is later. If the 11th day is a weekend or holiday, the deadline is the first preceding business day.
  • 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 In-person

  • Voters in Texas may vote early in person generally starting the 17th day before Election Day (if that is a weekend, early voting starts on the next business day). The early voting period ends the 4th day before Election Day. Different start dates apply for certain elections.

Election Day

  • Voting sites will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Election Day. If you are in line by the closing time then you will be allowed to vote.

 

+ Common Questions/Concerns

Registering to Vote Does Not Affect Your:

  • Federal Financial Aid
    • Where you register to vote will not affect federal financial aid such as Pell Grants, Perkins or Stafford loans, or your dependency status for FAFSA
  • Status as a Dependent on Your Parents’ Taxes
    • Being registered to vote at a different address from your parents does not prevent them from claiming you as a dependent on their taxes
  • Tuition Status
    • Being deemed out-of-state for tuition purposes does not prevent you from choosing to register to vote in your campus community

Will registering to vote in Texas affect my driver’s license or car registration?

  • No.

Fair Elections Center and Campus Vote Project intend the information contained herein is used only as a general guide. This document should not be used as a substitute for consultation with a licensed Texas legal professional.

Last updated June 2019