What you need to know when you cast your ballot

The deadline to register to vote in Texas has come and gone. Now is the time to make sure that you really are registered. If you are unsure if you’re registered to vote in Texas you can check your status on the Texas Secretary of State website. The website will ask you to enter your Texas Driver’s License number, your Voter ID or your name, date of birth and county.

You can also use that website to check your polling location and early voting locations on the website.

If you plan to vote in-person, you can do so during early voting or on Election Day. When you get to the polling location, you must have one of these seven valid IDs, according to VoteTexas.gov:

  • Texas Drivers License
  • Texas Election Certificate 
  • Texas Personal ID card
  • Texas Handgun License
  • U.S Citizenship Certificate with photo
  • U.S Military ID with photo 
  • U.S passport

If you don’t have one of the accepted forms of ID and cannot get one, you can also use other alternative forms of ID which include:

  • A government document that includes your name and address. You must also have your Voter Registration Certificate
  • A paycheck or government check
  • A bank statement
  • A current utility bill 
  • A birth certificate

If you use one of the alternative forms of ID at your polling location, they will have to sign a Voter’s Reasonable Impediment Declaration. The form is to confirm your identity and that you could not provide one of the seven acceptable forms of ID.

Right now, according to the Texas Secretary of State website, you can request a mail-in ballot if you meet one of the criteria:

  • Be 65 years old or older
  • Be sick or disabled
  • Be out of the country on Election Day or during early voting
  • Be confined in jail but still eligible to vote

You can request an application for a mail-in ballot online here or print out the form. Once you fill out the form, you must mail it to the early voting clerk in your county. Their address would be the same as the your County Election Office. The Early Voting Clerk would be the Elections Administrator or County Clerk.

When November 3 rolls around you will need to remember that you are not just voting for president but on city and county races and or other elected officials too.

To see what you could be voting on in your ballot, Vote411 will give you a personalized ballot, showing who or what you will be voting on. All you have to do is put in your address.

The website is run by the League of Women Voters, a non-partisan organization. The League has a voter guide as well. 

Important Dates to Know

  • October 13: Early voting begins
  • October 23: Last day to request absentee ballot
  • October 30: Early voting ends
  • November 3: Election Day, absentee ballots must be postmarked by 7 p.m.
  • December 15: Runoff Elections, if needed

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