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Voter’s Guide for Texas Residents

With the presidential election in 55 days, it is becoming more and more important for eligible voters to have a plan for the upcoming election. The Texas government has outlined how Texas voters can hit the polls this year whether voters are in the state or not. 

To register to vote in the state of Texas you must:

— Be a United States citizen. 

 Be a resident of the county in which the application for registration is made. 

— Be 18 years old. 

— Not be a convicted felon, or must have fully discharged your punishment. 

— Have not been declared mentally incompetent by final judgment of a court of law.

Eligible Texas voters can register online to vote at:[1] [2] 

For early voting in Texas, which is between Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020 to Oct. 30,[3]  2020 and regular voting days voters must bring photo ID such as:

— A Texas Driver’s License.

— A Texas election certificate.

— A Texas personal ID card.

— ATexas handgun license.

— A U.S. military ID with a photo.

— A U.S. passport.

For voters without an ID, or who cannot obtain one will be required to sign a sworn statement saying there is a reason why you do not have one of the forms of ID. You must also present one of the following: 

— A certified birth certificate.

— A valid voter registration certificate.

— A current utility bill, government check, bank statement, or paycheck.

— A government document with your name and address.

If you do not have an ID and do not have a reasonable impediment to obtaining one when you vote, you may cast a provisional ballot. This ballot will only be counted if you visit the voter registrar’s office within six days of when the ballot was cast with a valid form of ID previously mentioned. 

To vote by mail: 

  1. Review the absentee ballot application and confirm that you meet the eligibility requirements for voting absentee. 
  2. Fill out the application completely. 
  3. Submit the request to your local election office. (The deadline to request ballot by mail is Friday, Oct. 23, 2020.
  4. When your voting ballot arrives, read over it and carefully follow the instructions which come with it. 

By entering their information, Texas voters can find the following information at the Texas Secretary of State website.

— Voter registration status.

— Poll locations.

— Early voting locations.

— Registration information.

— Key election dates.

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