State of Texas Voting Requirements

 

U.S. Domestic Voters

Federal and State Elections

Texas State Primary Election held on Tue Mar 1, 2022

Type

Deadlines

New Voter Registration

Received by Sun Jan 30, 2022

Absentee Ballot Request

Received by Fri Feb 18, 2022

Absentee Ballot Return

  • Postmarked by Tue Mar 1, 2022 7:00pm
  • Post received by Thu Mar 3, 2022 12:00pm

Early Voting

Sat Feb 12, 2022 - Fri Feb 25, 2022

Registration

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.

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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 availability of early voting which happens between 6am-10pm.

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
  • Expected to give birth within three weeks before or after Election Day

Your Application for Ballot by Mail (ABBM) must be received by the Early Voting Clerk by the 11th day before the election. If the deadline falls on a weekend or holiday, the deadline moves to the last business day before the weekend or holiday. Only the voter may submit the application to the Early Voting Clerk.

You will need a witness for your application. Be sure to remember how you sign the application because you’ll need to sign your actual ballot the exact same way.

Address, stamp, and mail the completed ABBM application to the Early Voting Clerk in your county. You may also fax the application if a fax machine is available in the Early Voting Clerk’s office.

If you are 65 and older, or a voter with disabilities, you can submit an Annual Application. If you apply to the Early Voting Clerk within 60 days of an election, this application will be valid for all elections in the following calendar year.

Mails ballot arrive with instructions, a ballot envelope, and a carrier envelope. Use only black or blue ink as you follow instructions and fill out your ballot. Place your completed ballot first in the ballot envelope. Then place the ballot envelope in the carrier envelope. Sign the carrier envelope where indicated with the same exact signature you used on the ballot by mail request. Place appropriate postage on your carrier envelope before returning your ballot to the pre-addressed location.

All completed mail ballots must be returned to the County Election Administrator’s Office in the Official Carrier Envelope provided to you. You must return your own ballot.

Mailed ballots must be postmarked by 7pm on Election Day and must be received by 5pm on the first mail delivery day after Election Day. You may return your ballot to the County Election Administrator’s Office in person on Election Day from 7am - 7pm. Bring identification and a Reasonable Impediment Declaration (RID) form which you can download at https://www.sos.state.tx.us/elections/forms/pol-sub/reasonable-impediment-declaration.pdf.

Early voting now occurs from 6am to 10pm if you want to return your ballot by hand. Be sure to check your county’s polling locations at www.votetexas.gov because drop boxes have been reduced and drive through voting has been eliminated.

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:

  • 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 www.voteriders.org

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 www.voteriders.org.

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

  • Last 4 Digits of your Social Security Number
  • Your Texas Driver's License Number

You will need your Texas drivers license number or the last four digits of your Social Security number when you apply for your ballot and when you return your ballot

Domestic Voter

In-Person Mail Fax Email Online

Voter Registration

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Absentee Ballot Request

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Blank Ballot To Voter

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Voted-Absentee Ballot Return

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