State of Texas Voting Requirements & Information

Statewide Voter Information

U.S. Domestic Voters

General Information

Registration

You can register to vote or update your registration information:

  • by mail
  • in person at your elections office

Election Day Voting

Polling places are open from 7am to 7pm on Election Day.

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Early Voting

Any registered voter may vote early at a designated a county location. Generally, early voting in person begins 17 days before Election Day and ends on the 4th day before Election Day. Contact your local election office for availability of early voting which happens between 6am-10pm.

Absentee Voting

To vote by absentee ballot in Texas you must be a registered voter and meet one of the following conditions:

  • You are away from your county on Election Day and during early in-person voting
  • You are sick or disabled
  • You are 65 years of age or older on Election Day
  • You are confined in jail, but eligible to vote
  • Expected to give birth within three weeks before or after Election Day

You will need a witness for your application. Be sure to remember how you sign the application because you’ll need to sign your actual ballot the exact same way.

Address, stamp, and mail the completed ABBM application to the Early Voting Clerk in your county. You may also fax the application if a fax machine is available in the Early Voting Clerk’s office.

If you are 65 and older, or a voter with disabilities, you can submit an Annual Application. If you apply to the Early Voting Clerk within 60 days of an election, this application will be valid for all elections in the following calendar year.

Mail ballots arrive with instructions, a ballot envelope, and a carrier envelope. Use only black or blue ink as you follow instructions and fill out your ballot. Place your completed ballot first in the ballot envelope. Then place the ballot envelope in the carrier envelope. Sign the carrier envelope where indicated with the same exact signature you used on the ballot by mail request. You must also add your Texas drivers' license number, Texas personal ID number, or the last 4 digits of your Social Security number. It is important to add your phone number and email address so that election officials can contact you to make corrections online if necessary. Place appropriate postage on your carrier envelope before returning your ballot to the pre-addressed location.

All completed mail ballots must be returned to the County Election Administrator’s Office in the Official Carrier Envelope provided to you. You must return your own ballot.

Mailed ballots must be postmarked by 7pm on Election Day and must be received by 5pm on the first mail delivery day after Election Day. You may return your ballot to the County Election Administrator’s Office in person on Election Day from 7am - 7pm. Bring identification and a Reasonable Impediment Declaration (RID) form which you can download at https://www.sos.state.tx.us/elections/forms/pol-sub/reasonable-impediment-declaration.pdf.

Early voting now occurs from 6am to 10pm if you want to return your ballot by hand. 24 hour voting is no longer available. Be sure to check your county’s polling locations at www.votetexas.gov because drop boxes have been reduced and drive through voting has been eliminated.



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