After Texas set a record last week by surpassing 15 million registered voters, it’s clear y’all are ready to cast your ballot. But are you clear on how you go about doing that? Here are some of your common questions answered.
When can I vote?
Early voting in Texas starts Oct. 24 until Nov. 4. Election Day is Nov. 8.
What do I need to bring with me to the polls?
When a voter arrives at the polling station, the voter will be asked to present one of seven acceptable forms of photo identification. But if a voter does not have one or couldn’t get one due to a reasonable impediment, the voter can present a supporting form of ID.
Here are the acceptable forms of photo ID:
- Texas driver license issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS)
- Texas Election Identification Certificate issued by DPS
- Texas personal identification card issued by DPS
- Texas license to carry a handgun issued by DPS
- United States military identification card containing the person’s photograph
- United States citizenship certificate containing the person’s photograph
- United States passport
With the exception of the U.S. citizenship certificate, the identification must be current of have expired no more than four years when at the polling place.
Here are the supporting forms of ID that can be presented if the voter doesn’t have an acceptable form of ID:
- Valid voter registration certificate
- Certified birth certificate (must be an original)
- Copy of or original current utility bill
- Copy of or original bank statement
- Copy of or original government check
- Copy of or original paycheck
- Copy of or original government document with your name and an address (original required if it contains a photograph)
After a voter presents a supporting form of ID, they must complete a Reasonable Impediment Declaration.
Voters with documented disabilities who don’t have an acceptable form of photo ID can obtain a permanent exemption.
Where can I vote?
County not listed? Go here to find out where you can cast your ballot in Texas.
Am I registered to vote?
Do you think you remember registering to vote a while back, but aren’t sure? Go here to check and see if you’re registered.
What's allowed at the polling place?
If a person enters the 100-foot area surrounding the polling place with a "wireless communications device" or looks like they're recording, a staffer there has the authority to tell that person to deactivate the device. If the person does not do so, the staffer has the authority to tell the person to leave. "Devices" include the following:
- Cell phones
- Tablet computers
- Laptop computers
- Sound recorders
- Any other device that may communicate wirelessly, or be used to record sound or images
Those with disabilities may be able to use devices in order to help them at the poll. Staffers determine on a case-by-case basis whether they will allow a voter to use these programs.
Go here to see what else is prohibited at the polling places.