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COVID-19 Voting Update: The early voting period for the general election has been extended by six days. It will now begin October 13. Only voters who meet one of the four approved reasons can request a ballot in the mail.

[updated September 4, 2020]


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Hey Texas, if you want to vote this year, first you need to get registered.

If you’re a first time voter in Texas or have moved since the last election, you’ll need to fill out a registration form and mail it to your voter registrar’s office. You can find a link in the description to where you can fill out and print a registration form. Just make sure you send it in before October 5th if you want to vote in the general election in November.

Once your registration form is accepted, your county will mail you a voter certificate letting you know you’re registered. Now for the fun part: you get to vote. 

If you’re going to be out of the county for the entire early voting period AND election day, are 65 or older, or you have an illness or disability that prevents you from getting to the polls, you have the option to vote absentee by mail. You can use the link below to print an application to vote by mail, and send it in before October 23rd. If that doesn’t sound like you, you can still vote early—any registered voter can vote in person at an early vote location from October 15th to the 30th.

There’s a link below to look up the locations and times you can vote early in your county. If you don’t plan to vote early, there’s a link below to find out where you should go to vote on November 3rd. All polling locations are open from am to 7:00 pm.

Whether you vote early or on election day, you’ll need to bring a photo ID. Acceptable IDs include a driver’s license, passport, persona ID card, military ID, citizenship certificate, or Texas handgun license. If you don’t have one of those, you can sign a statement saying you don’t have a required ID, and use another proof of address instead like your birth certificate, or a utility bill, paycheck, or bank statement with your name and address on it.

You can also go to the link in the description and find your sample ballot, so you can see everything that you’re able to vote for on election day. You don’t have to vote for everything on the ballot for your vote to count, but those local elections are pretty important so this gives you a chance to research your candidates and ballot measures ahead of time. You can even print it out or take a screenshot and take it to the polls with you to make sure you remember how you want to vote.

One last thing: if you’re going to vote—open up your notes app or grab a piece of paper and make a plan. Write down when and how you’re going to register, what time you’re going to vote, how you’re gonna get there, what ID you’re going to use, even who you’re going to bring to the polls with you. Having a plan is a great way to make sure that nothing unexpected stops you from voting on November 3rd.

All the links you need to get registered and figure out where you can vote are below. Thanks for being a voter. How To Vote in Every State is produced by Complexly in partnership with The MediaWise Voter Project, which is led by The Poynter Institute and supported by Facebook.