1. Where and How to Vote
IMPORTANT: Election day is Tuesday, November 8th. Early voting begins October 24th through November 4th.
If you are registered to vote at your current address, you are ready to vote! Use the form below to search for your voting location and see below for FAQs on voting.
If you will be 65 or over on Election Day, or if you'll be out of your home county during early vote and on Election Day, you can vote by mail by requesting an application here. You need to submit your application by October 28th to your Early Voting Clerk - and return your ballot so that it is received by your Early Voting Clerk by 7pm on Tuesday, November 8th.
If you are a military voter, click here for everything you need to know.
Yup! Any registered voter may vote early in person. It begins on October 24, 2016 and ends on November 4, 2016. You can find your voting location above.
Yourself! You will also need a form of identification. Many are acceptable. We have an entire selection on acceptable identification below.
Across many of the larger cities in Texas, there are buses, taxis, and ride-share companies that are offering free rides to the polls. And all across Texas, there are organizations that can help make sure you have a free ride to the polls.
If you need any assistance in finding a free ride to the polls, you can contact the team at the Progress Texas Institute at (512) 473-4140, or email us at email@example.com.
2. Questions about ID
After a federal court ruled Texas’ voter ID law violates the Voting Rights Act, people have been asking us if they still need an ID to vote. The answer: not technically, but it’s still a good idea. Here’s a quick FAQ to make sure you know everything we know.
If you have one you should bring one. But if you don’t have one, or if you’ve lost your photo ID, you can still vote no problem. Just make sure you’re registered and bring in something that shows that your name matches who you say you are.
Bring a photo ID if you have one. But, if you don’t have one or have lost it, you can also bring in your voter registration card, a copy of your utility bill or bank statement, or any other number of supporting documents:
- Valid voter registration certificate
- Certified birth certificate (must be an original)
- Copy of or original current utility bill
- Copy of or original bank statement
- Copy of or original government check
- Copy of or original paycheck
- Copy of or original government document with your name and an address (original required if it contains a photograph)
As a reminder, here’s the list of photo IDs you should bring if you have one:
- Texas driver license issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS)
- Texas Election Identification Certificate issued by DPS
- Texas personal identification card issued by DPS
- Texas license to carry a handgun issued by DPS
- United States military identification card containing the person’s photograph
- United States citizenship certificate containing the person’s photograph
- United States passport
Yup! If you don’t have a photo ID you’ll just sign a piece of paper saying you don’t, but you’re 100% still allowed to cast a full ballot. If they try to make you cast a provisional ballot, they’re doing something wrong and you should let us know immediately.
If you have any problem casting your full ballot, contact the team at the Progress Texas Institute at (512) 473-4140, or by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org
A federal court ruled that Texas’ voter ID law violates the Voting Rights Act. That’s good. But the ruling came so close to the election that they don’t have enough time for a long-term fix. That’s bad. Now the state of Texas is causing some confusion with what they tell voters is needed – which is why we’re here to sort it all out!
3. Questions about Registration
You have to be registered to vote. The deadline to register has already come and gone. You can verify your voting registration here.
IMPORTANT: If you recently registered to vote, your record may not be in the state’s database yet.
Your voter registration is effective 30 days after it’s submitted (and accepted*). The county office will put your name on the voter registration list, and mail your voter certificate to you. Once you get it, be sure to sign by the X on the front of the card (the blue area) and keep your voter card.
* If your application is missing information, you’ll get a notice in the mail and have a deadline to respond.