1. How to register
Not registered? No problem! Follow these 3 easy steps:
- Fill out the voter registration form online here.
- Download and print it.
- Mail the form by October 11th to the provided address after downloading.
Your voter registration is effective 30 days after it’s submitted (and accepted*). The county office will put your name on the voter registration list, and mail your voter certificate to you. Once you get it, be sure to sign by the X on the front of the card (the blue area) and keep your voter card.
* If your application is missing information, you’ll get a notice in the mail and have a deadline to respond.
If you moved within the same county where you’re currently registered, you can submit the "in county" change online OR you can file your new address in writing with your voter registrar.
If you moved to a new county, you must re-register in your new county of residence by October 11, 2016.
2. How to vote
IMPORTANT: Election day is Tuesday, November 8th. Early voting begins October 24th through November 4th.
If you are registered to vote at your current address, you are ready to vote! See below for FAQs on voting.
Easy as pie. Just request an absentee ballot, you’ll get it in the mail, and you can vote for your home county where you’re registered. But remember – if you want to vote in the new college where you live, you’ll have to register in that county.
Yup! Any registered voter may vote early in person. It begins on October 24, 2016 and ends on November 4, 2016. You may vote at any early voting location in your county of registration.
Yourself! You will also need a form of identification. Many are acceptable. We have an entire selection on acceptable identification below.
3. Questions about ID
After a federal court ruled Texas’ voter ID law violates the Voting Rights Act, people have been asking us if they still need an ID to vote. The answer: not technically, but it’s still a good idea. Here’s a quick FAQ to make sure you know everything we know.
If you have one you should bring one. But if you don’t have one, or if you’ve lost your photo ID, you can still vote no problem. Just make sure you’re registered and bring in something that shows that your name matches who you say you are.
Bring a photo ID if you have one. But, if you don’t have one or have lost it, you can also bring in your voter registration card, a copy of your utility bill or bank statement, or any other number of supporting documents:
- 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)
As a reminder, here’s the list of photo IDs you should bring if you have one:
- 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
Yup! If you don’t have a photo ID you’ll just sign a piece of paper saying you don’t, but you’re 100% still allowed to cast a full ballot. If they try to make you cast a provisional ballot, they’re doing something wrong and you should let us know immediately.
If you have any problem casting your full ballot, contact the team at the Progress Texas Institute at (512) 473-4140, or by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org
A federal court ruled that Texas’ voter ID law violates the Voting Rights Act. That’s good. But the ruling came so close to the election that they don’t have enough time for a long-term fix. That’s bad. Now the state of Texas is causing some confusion with what they tell voters is needed – which is why we’re here to sort it all out!