State of Texas Voting Requirements & Information

Statewide Voter Information

 

U.S. Domestic Voters

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 precise hours and availability of early voting.

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

You are eligible to vote in Texas if you:

  • Are at least 18 years old by Election Day
  • Are a resident of Texas
  • Are a U.S citizen

You are NOT eligible to vote in Texas if:

  • You are on parole for a felony conviction or convicted of a felony
  • You have been legally declared "mentally incompetent" by a court

Restorative Requirements

  • If you have completed a felony sentence, including any term of incarceration, parole, supervision, period of probation, or you have been pardoned, then you are immediately eligible to register to vote

You may preregister to vote in Texas

  • as of 2 months prior to your 18th birthday

Voter Registration

To register to vote in Texas you should provide:

  • Your Texas Driver's License or State/non-driver ID Number

If you do not have these IDs, you may provide:

  • The Last Four Digits of your Social Security Number

Voting In-Person

In Texas, you need to show a valid ID to vote. You can use any ID from this list:

  • Texas Personal ID
  • Valid US Passport
  • License to Carry Concealed Weapon or Firearm
  • Valid Texas Driver's License
  • Valid Military ID
  • Citizenship Certificate with photo
  • Valid Texas Voter ID Card with Photo
  • Texas Election Identification Certificate

With the exception of citizenship certificate, ID must be current or have expired no more than four years prior to Election Day.

If you do not have an ID from the above list, in Texas additional, acceptable forms of ID include:

  • Birth Certificate
  • Government Check
  • Current Utility Bill or Pay Check or Bank Statement
  • Voter Registration Card

To use these supporting forms of ID, you will be required to execute a Reasonable Impediment Declaration.

Domestic Voter

In-Person Mail Fax Email Online

Voter Registration

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Absentee Ballot Request

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Voted-Absentee Ballot Return

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Blank Ballot To Voter

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Overseas & Military Voters

Overseas Voters

U.S. citizens living abroad have the right to vote as absentee voters, provided they are eligible to vote in their state. If you are living outside of the U.S. permanently, indefinitely, or temporarily, your voting rights stay with you, even if you never voted when you lived in the U.S. To vote from overseas:

  • Complete and send an overseas voter registration/ballot request form to your election office in the U.S. This is one specific form that will register you as an overseas voter and request your absentee ballot – simultaneously.

Many states allow children who were born overseas, but never lived in the U.S., to use their U.S. parents’ last residence address to register.

Military Voters

Service members and their eligible family members living outside their voting jurisdiction (within or outside the U.S.) are able to vote as absentee voters.

  • If you are a service member, or an eligible family member, there is a single form to file for both voter registration and ballot request. It is often called the “Federal Post Card Application” or the FPCA form. This form must be re-filed with your election office each time you change location.

To vote as a service member or eligible family member:

  • Complete and send a voter registration/ballot request form “FPCA” to your election office in the U.S. It is the same form in all states.

Voting Military

Service members and their dependents may register and request a ballot using the federal voter registration/ballot request form ("FPCA"). You will have the following identification options when completing the form:

  • Last 4 Digits of your Social Security Number
  • Option to Indicate that you do not have the Requested ID
  • U.S. State or Territory or District Issued ID

Voting Overseas

U.S. citizens living overseas may register and request a ballot using the overseas voter registration/ballot request form. You will have the following identification options when completing the form:

  • Last 4 Digits of your Social Security Number
  • Option to Indicate that you do not have the Requested ID
  • U.S. State or Territory or District Issued ID

Overseas Voter

In-Person Mail Fax Email Online

Voter Registration

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Absentee Ballot Request

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Voted-Absentee Ballot Return

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Blank Ballot To Voter

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Texas allows you to send the voter registration/ballot request form to request an absentee ballot and for temporary registration by fax.

Military Voter

In-Person Mail Fax Email Online

Voter Registration

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Absentee Ballot Request

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Voted-Absentee Ballot Return

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Blank Ballot To Voter

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Texas allows you to send the voter registration/ballot request form to request an absentee ballot and for temporary registration by fax. Texas allows you to return the voted ballot by fax if you are a member of the U.S. Armed Forces on active duty overseas, or the spouse or dependent of the member, and you are casting the ballot from an area in which members of the Armed Forces are eligible to receive hostile fire pay or imminent danger pay, or that has been designated by the President of the U.S. as a combat zone.