State of Texas Voting Requirements


U.S. Domestic Voters

Federal and State Elections

Texas Municipal Elections held on Tue Nov 2, 2021



New Voter Registration

Received by Sun Oct 3, 2021

Absentee Ballot Request

Received by Fri Oct 22, 2021

Absentee Ballot Return

  • Postmarked by Tue Nov 2, 2021 7:00pm
  • Post received by Thu Nov 4, 2021 12:00pm

Early Voting

Sat Oct 16, 2021 - Fri Oct 29, 2021
Includes elections in: Harris Co.; Houston, Spring, Aldine, Lake Worth, Alief, and Klein Independent School Districts.


You can register to vote or update your registration information:

  • by mail
  • in person at your elections office

Election Day Voting

Polling places are open from 7am to 7pm on Election Day.

Find my polling place

Early Voting

Any registered voter may vote early at a designated a county location. Generally, early voting in person begins 17 days before Election Day and ends on the 4th day before Election Day. Contact your local election office for precise hours and availability of early voting.

Absentee Voting

To vote by absentee ballot in Texas you must be a registered voter and meet one of the following conditions:

  • You are away from your county on Election Day and during early in-person voting
  • You are sick or disabled
  • You are 65 years of age or older on Election Day
  • You are confined in jail, but eligible to vote

You are eligible to vote in Texas if you:

  • Are a U.S citizen
  • Are a resident of Texas
  • Are at least 18 years old by Election Day

You are NOT eligible to vote in Texas if:

  • You have been legally declared "mentally incompetent" by a court
  • You are on parole for a felony conviction or convicted of a felony

Restorative Requirements

  • If you have completed a felony sentence, including any term of incarceration, parole, supervision, period of probation, or you have been pardoned, then you are immediately eligible to register to vote

You may preregister to vote in Texas

  • as of 2 months prior to your 18th birthday

Student Eligibility

If you are a student, you are eligible to vote in Texas if:

  • You reside in Texas but are attending college in another state
  • You reside in another state but attend college in Texas
  • Texas does not accept student ID; refer to Texas Identification Requirements section

Voter Registration

To register to vote in Texas you should provide:

  • Your Texas Driver's License or State/non-driver ID Number

If you do not have these IDs, you may provide:

  • The Last Four Digits of your Social Security Number

If you do not have a Texas Driver’s License, Texas ID or Social Security number and need help getting ID, go to

Voting In-Person

In Texas, you need to show a valid ID to vote. You can use any ID from this list:

  • Texas Election Identification Certificate
  • Valid Texas Voter ID Card with Photo
  • Citizenship Certificate with photo
  • Valid Military ID
  • Valid Texas Driver's License
  • License to Carry Concealed Weapon or Firearm
  • Valid US Passport
  • Texas Personal ID

With the exception of citizenship certificate, ID must be current or have expired no more than four years prior to Election Day.

If you do not have one of the Texas valid IDs and need help getting ID, go to

If you do not have an ID from the above list, in Texas additional, acceptable forms of ID include:

  • Voter Registration Card
  • Current Utility Bill or Pay Check or Bank Statement
  • Government Check
  • Birth Certificate

To use these supporting forms of ID, you will be required to execute a Reasonable Impediment Declaration.

Vote-by-Mail / Absentee

  • When applying for an absentee ballot, include a copy of your photo ID.

Domestic Voter

In-Person Mail Fax Email Online

Voter Registration

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Absentee Ballot Request


Blank Ballot To Voter

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Voted-Absentee Ballot Return

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