Voting Guide

Voter Registration Deadline: 30 days before Election Day


  • Primary Election Voter Registration Deadline: January 31

  • Primary Election: March 1

  • Primary Runoff Election Registration Deadline: April 25

  • Primary Runoff Election: May 24

  • General Election Voter Registration Deadline: October 10

  • General Election: November 8

Students have a decision about where to register to vote.

NOTE: During the 2021 Regular Session, the Texas Legislature passed SB 1111, which takes effect on September 1, 2021. Under the new law, for the purposes of voting, “[a] person may not designate a previous residence as a home and fixed place of habitation unless the person inhabits the place at the time of designation and intends to remain.”

This page will be updated with information about what SB 1111 means for students who wish to register to vote at their family’s home, but who attend school outside the county in which the home is located.

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.

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

  • Texas driver’s license, personal ID card issued by the Department of Public Safety (DPS)

  • Handgun license issued by DPS

  • Election ID Cetrificate issued by 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 information on 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 domestic or court admissible 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)

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

By Mail

Absentee ballot application:  https://webservices.sos.state.tx.us/forms/5-15f.pdf

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 submit an absentee ballot application to the early voting clerk in person or by mail, email or fax. 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.

  • Completed mail ballots may only be returned in person to the early voting clerk’s office while polls are open on Election Day, and must be received no later than 7 p.m. on Election Day. Ballots returned by mail must be postmarked by 7 p.m. on Election Day, using the time zone in which the early voting clerk’s office is located, and received no later than 5 p.m. the day after Election Day.

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. Contact your county’s election officials for early voting locations and hours.

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 have the right to vote.

Under Texas law, curbside voting is available on Election Day for anyone who is physically unable to enter the polling place without assistance or likelihood of injury to his or her health.

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?

As a full-time student in Texas, you may be required to obtain a Texas driver’s license and update your car’s registration, regardless of whether you register to vote there. For more information, you may wish to contact the Department of Public Safety.

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 North Carolina legal professional.
Last updated March 2019