Frequently Asked Questions

Questions about Voter Registration

The deadline to register to vote in Texas is October 5, 2020.

There are multiple ways to register to vote in Texas. The deadline to register to vote in Texas is October 5, 2020. Complete the registration process as soon as possible to make sure your request is processed before the deadline.

Pick ONE of the following ways to register to vote in Texas:

  1. Eligible voters in Texas can fill out a voter registration application online, print it and mail it to their county voter registrar.
  2. Eligible voters in Texas can request a postage-paid application to register to vote by filling out this form online. A prepaid voter registration application will be mailed to you, which you will return to your county voter registrar
  3. Eligible voters can also request a postage-paid application to register to vote from their county voter registrar. You must mail the voter registration application back to your county voter registrar
  4. You may register in person at your county voter registrar’s office. Please check with your county voter registrar to check if this option is available since Covid-19 may have affected in-person voter registration.
  5. Prior to the Covid-19 pandemic, voter registration applications were also available at many post offices, libraries, Texas Department of Public Safety offices, and Texas Health and Human Services Commission offices throughout the state. This may have changed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Check with your county voter registrar for more information.

NOTE: Some counties have websites that may have important updates about voting during the Covid-19 pandemic. Click here to access your county's website.

To check if you are registered to vote in Texas, click here.

You will be prompted to “login” with personally identifying information.

Once you are “logged in,” you will be able to check your voter registration status, polling location, early voting locations, registration information, and key election dates.

The voter registration deadline is October 5, 2020. If you move from your current address or change your name, you must update your voter registration.

Click here for information about voter eligibility in Texas.

Note: In Texas, a convicted felon regains the right to vote after completing his or her sentence. Therefore, once you have completed the punishment phase (including any term of incarceration, parole, or supervision, or completed a period of probation ordered by the court), you are eligible to register and vote in the state of Texas.

Possibly. Check your registration status as soon as possible, and if necessary, register to vote again by October 5, 2020.

A voter registration certificate is proof of your voter registration. Voters receive one in the mail every two years. More information about voter registration certificates can be found here. Please notify your county voter registrar if your certificate is lost or contains incorrect information.

Yes. If you are at least 17 years and 10 months old and will be 18 years old by Election Day on November 3, 2020, you can pre-register to vote.

General Questions About Voting

Here is a checklist for first time voters:
  1. Register to vote.
  2. Find your polling place.
  3. Review what's on the ballot.
  4. Bring a proper photo ID with you to the polls. Or, if you don't have a proper ID, see your options here.
  5. Vote!

You need to update your voter registration if you:

  • Moved within your county in Texas
  • Moved to another county in Texas
  • Changed your name since registering to vote

More information about how to update your voter registration record can be found here.

Every county in Texas has its own policy about where you can vote on Election Day (November 3, 2020).

To find your polling location(s)/hours for Election Day and early voting, click here.

Once you have logged in, click the link “11/03/2020 -- 2020 November 3rd General Election” under the “Upcoming Elections” tab.

You will then find your available polling locations for the early voting period and for Election Day. Please note that early voting locations may differ from Election Day voting locations.

Information about valid identification needed to vote can be found here.

If you don’t have an acceptable photo ID, you may have other options for voting. See more information here.

You may also have the option to vote using a provisional ballot. For more information about provisional ballots, click here.

You can view a sample ballot and voter guide before the election here.

All registered voters are eligible to vote early in Texas. More information about early voting can be found here.

To find your early voting polling locations and hours of operation, click here.

If you move to a new county in Texas, but you are late to register in your new county, you may be able to vote using a “limited” ballot. A “limited” ballot will only allow you to vote on candidates or issues common between your new and old counties. More information about limited ballots can be found here.

If you think you qualify to vote with a “limited” ballot or have questions about voting with a “limited” ballot, contact the county voter registrar for your new county.

Voters who do not speak English may use an interpreter to help them communicate with election officials and/or translate the language on the ballot.

More information about language assistance can be found here.

All voting systems and polling locations in Texas are required to be accessible to voters with disabilities.

More information can be found here.

Information about voting while in the military/overseas can be found here.

For more information about voting in Texas, click here.

Questions About Vote-by-Mail

Information about the requirements to vote by mail in Texas can be found here.

If you are eligible to vote using an absentee ballot, you can receive a request form in two diferent ways.

  1. Print the Application for Ballot by Mail (ABBM) form
  2. Submit an order online to have an ABBM mailed to you.

Then, submit the completed form to your county voter registrar.

Please make sure that you submit your application before the deadline. For information about important deadlines to vote in person and by mail, click here.

For more information about how to request a mail-in ballot, click here.

When your ballot arrives, read it carefully and follow the instructions to complete it and return it.

Your county may have return options in addition to mailing your completed ballot, possibly including ballot drop-off locations and/or ballot drop boxes. Visit your county specific website or contact your county voter registrar to learn about your options for returning your absentee ballot.

See more information about voting by mail in Texas here.

Even if you have voted absentee in the past, you will likely have to submit another request to vote absentee for the November 3 general election. Confirm your vote by mail status with your county voter registrar.

See more information about voting by mail in Texas here.

Questions About Voting as a Student

If you are at least 16 years old, you may qualify to work as a student election worker. Student election workers will help Election Clerks operate polling places during early voting and on Election Day.

For more information about the position and necessary qualifications, click here.

To apply to be a student election worker, download the form here.

You can also encourage eligible voters in your community to register to vote!

If you are eligible to vote and in high school, you can participate in the voter registration/voting process like any other eligible voter. See registration resources here.

In Texas, high schools are required to offer voter registration. Find out more here

  1. Register

    If you are a college student living away from home, you first need to decide where “home” is. If your parents’ or other family members’ place of residence is what you consider “home,” use that address to register. If your campus address is what you consider “home,” use that address to register. You can only register in one place. If you consider yourself a resident of another state, check your state’s election information website to learn about voting in that state.

  2. Voting away from home

    If you are claiming your parents’ or family members’ place of residence as “home,” and will not be there during the early voting period/on Election Day, you can request to vote with a mail-in ballot with this application. For more information about voting by mail, go here.

For more general information about how students can vote, click here.

Registering to vote does NOT affect your:

  • Federal financial aid
  • Status as a dependent on your parents’ taxes
  • Tuition status
  • Texas driver’s license or car registration

Click here for more information.