More information: https://www.votetexas.gov/register-to-vote/index.html
Printable forms (in English and Spanish): https://www.votetexas.gov/register-to-vote/where-to-get-an-application-2.html
Refer to the box below for information about ID requirements.
Choosing a political party: You do not have to choose a political party affiliation when you register.
You can also register in person at your county Voter Registrar's Office (find yours at https://www.sos.texas.gov/elections/voter/votregduties.shtml)
To update registration after a move, name change, or other registration information change, submit a new voter registration form to your voter registrar. Alternatively, if you moved to a new location in the same county, you can submit an address change online: https://txapps.texas.gov/tolapp/sos/SOSACManager
The voter registrar in each county maintains the voter rolls. To remove someone from a voter roll, contact the local voter registrar
County Voter Registrar's offices: https://www.sos.texas.gov/elections/voter/votregduties.shtml
All voters who register to vote in Texas must provide a Texas driver’s license number or personal identification number issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety. If you don’t have such a number, simply provide the last four digits of your social security number. If you don’t have a social security number, you need to state that fact.
There is no fully online procedure for registering to vote in Texas. You may print a voter registration application form online that can be mailed in to the voter registrar in your county of residence. On this application you may provide your Texas driver's license number, personal identification number, or the last four digits of your social security number.
An ID is not required for mail-in registration, but you must provide one of the documents listed on the form to verify residence:
If you cannot meet any of the above requirements, you may sign an affidavit and cast a provisional ballot subject to verification of your eligibility to vote.
The informal online application can be found and printed at: https://webservices.sos.state.tx.us/vrapp/index.asp
Your county’s voter registrar can be found at: https://www.sos.texas.gov/elections/voter/votregduties.shtml
Here is a list of the acceptable forms of photo ID, which can be expired for up to four years if otherwise valid:
For voters aged 70 or older, the acceptable form of photo identification may be expired for any length of time if the identification is otherwise valid.
Here is a list of the supporting forms of ID that can be presented if the voter does not possess one of the forms of acceptable photo ID and cannot reasonably obtain one:
After presenting one of the forms of supporting ID listed above, the voter must execute a Reasonable Impediment Declaration.
Voters with a disability may apply with the county voter registrar for a permanent exemption to presenting an acceptable photo identification or following the Reasonable Impediment Declaration procedure in the county. Those who obtain a disability exemption will be allowed to vote upon display of their voter registration certificate reflecting the exemption, and will not need to execute a Reasonable Impediment Declaration. Please contact your county voter registrar for more details.
Voters who have a consistent religious objection to being photographed or who do not present an acceptable form of photo identification listed above or follow the Reasonable Impediment Declaration procedure because of certain natural disasters as declared by the President of the United States or the Texas Governor, may vote a provisional ballot, appear at the voter registrar’s office within six (6) calendar days after election day, and sign an affidavit swearing to the religious objection or natural disaster, in order for the voter’s ballot to be counted. Please contact your county voter registrar for more details.
More information: https://www.votetexas.gov/register-to-vote/need-id.html
Department of Motor Vehicles
Obtaining an ID
You may apply for and receive an absentee ballot if you are:
Application for Absentee Ballot (English): https://www.sos.texas.gov/elections/voter/reqabbm.shtml
County Early Voting Clerk directory: https://www.sos.texas.gov/elections/voter/county.shtml
Many organizations offer free rides to polling places. Some of these include:
Where to get more info on candidates
Offices/Measures That May Appear on the Ballot
|Federal (even years)||
President/Vice-President (elected every four years; next election in 2020)
Senator (elected every six years for staggered terms; next election in 2020)
Representative (elected every two years)
|State (even years)||
Governor/Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of State, State Treasurer, State Comptroller, Attorney General, Judges of Probate (elected every four years; next election in 2022)
State Senator (elected every two years)
State Representative (elected every two years)
Statewide ballot measures
|Municipal (odd years)||
School Board and other boards and commissions
Mayor or First Selectman
Registrar of Voters
Aldermen or Selectmen
Local ballot measures
2020 Primary Election -- March 3, 2020
Current election information: https://www.sos.state.tx.us/elections/laws/current-elections-information.shtml
Calendar of important dates: https://www.sos.state.tx.us/elections/voter/2020-important-election-dates.shtml
More detailed information regarding conducting elections to be found at https://www.sos.state.tx.us/elections/conducting/index.shtml
More information found at https://www.votetexas.gov/your-rights/
Information regarding campaign finance reports can be found with the Texas Ethics Commission (https://www.ethics.state.tx.us/search/cf/)
1-888-VE-Y-VOTA (en Español)
1-888-API-VOTE (Asian multilingual assistance)
Find useful voter information including:
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