Texas | Voting Guide
Registration Deadlines and Election Dates
Voter Registration Deadline: 30 days before Election Day
Presidential Primary Registration Deadline: February 3
Presidential Primary Election: March 3
General Presidential Election Registration Deadline: October 5
General Presidential Election: November 3
Official Election Websites
More election information at www.votetexas.gov
Online registration form (to be printed and returned to election officials) available at https://webservices.sos.state.tx.us/vrapp/index.asp
Register at School or Home
Students have a choice about where to register to vote.
Students attending college may register at their campus address or choose to remain registered or register at their permanent or home address.
You may only be registered and vote in one location.
What Type of ID Do I Need to Register?
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.
What Type of ID Do I Need to Vote?
All voters will be asked for ID when voting in person. Approved photo IDs include:
Texas driver’s license, personal ID, handgun license, or Election ID Certificate from DPS
U.S. military ID containing the person’s photograph
U.S. citizenship certificate containing the person’s photograph
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)
Where Do I Vote?
Make a plan. Look up your voting site and hours at: https://teamrv-mvp.sos.texas.gov/MVP/mvp.do
How Can I Vote?
Deadline for absentee ballot application to be received: October 23.
Early in-person voting period: October 13 – October 30.
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. If you have concerns about entering your polling place due to COVID-19, contact your local election officials to determine whether you qualify to use curbside voting.
Request an absentee ballot online: https://webservices.sos.state.tx.us/vrrequest/bbm.asp
PDF 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 request an absentee ballot from the county elections office by mailing, emailing or faxing the official state mail-in ballot request form. 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.
The Early Voting Clerk must receive your marked ballot by 7 p.m. on Election Day if not postmarked, or by the day following Election Day at 5 p.m. if postmarked by 7:00 p.m. at the location of the election on Election Day.
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: https://www.sos.texas.gov/elections/voter/county.shtml.
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 must be allowed to vote.
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.
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?
Fair Elections Center and Campus Vote Project intend the information contained herein to be used only as a general guide. This document should not be used as a substitute for consultation with a licensed Texas legal professional.
Last updated September 2020