ABOUT THIS STATE

Look, we know Texas contains multitudes. Queso and brisket and big hats but also Ted Cruz. What a melange! Time to add big-time voting state to the mix this year. You literally have a lot of ground to cover so here's what you need to know to be a voter in the Lone Star State. Texas is holding its statewide primary and general elections on March 1 and November 8, respectively. Local elections will be taking place on May 7 as well. (Source: Ballot Ready)

Am I Registered?

Key Dates

Apr 7

Local Election Registration Deadline

Apr 25

Primary Runoff Election Registration Deadline

May 7

Local Elections

May 13

Primary Runoff Vote By Mail Request Deadline

May 16 – May 20

Early Voting (Primary Runoff)

May 24

Primary Runoff Vote By Mail Return Deadline (in person, May 3 by mail)

May 24

Primary Runoff Election (where necessary)

Nov 8

General Election

Texas Voter Guide

  • How do I make sure I'm registered to vote?

    Make sure you double check your registration, as there have been reports this year of registration data being lost or voters being purged from the rolls.

    Am I registered?
  • Can I register the same day I want to vote?

    Sadly, no. So do it now! Then reward yourself with a cookie.

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  • Do I have to be registered as a Democrat or Republican to vote in my primary?

    Nope! Texas voters do not register by party and do not need to be formally affiliated with a political party in order to vote in its primary.

  • Can I vote by mail?

    No. But there are exceptions that will allow you to vote absentee. Learn if you can do that here.

    TX Secretary of State Website
  • Can I vote early?

    Yes! You can vote between May 16th-May 20th!

  • Do I need an ID?

    Yes, yes you do. A Texas driver's license, Texas election ID certificate, state personal ID card, handgun license, military ID card, US passport, US citizenship certificate, voter registration certificate, certified birth certificate, utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, or government document will work. Get all the info you need below from VoteRiders.

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what's new in texas voting in 2022

OK, let's be real here. Texas did some kinda shady things in 2021 when it comes to changing the way that elections are conducted. It's not fair and it's not right, but that doesn't mean we can't overcome it. So here's what you need to know about how election laws have changed since 2020 to make sure your ballot gets counted. First, you should know that curbside voting and overnight voting are no longer available in Texas. Second, Texas has limited the people who qualify for absentee (or by mail) ballots. People who have to work on election day or do not have transportation unfortunately no longer qualify for absentee ballots. Third, Texas will no longer have drop boxes for absentee ballots. Fourth, Texas has added new ID requirements when applying for or submitting an absentee ballot. Absentee voters now need to include either a driver's license number or the last four digits of their Social Security number on their ballot application (and on a specific location of the envelope that is used to mail the ballot back). The number that you put in the absentee ballot application has to match the ID number you used to register to vote. If you don't remember which number you used, include both, just to be safe. Take a deep breath. You got this.

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Resources

  • Get your absentee ballot here!

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  • Need to show Voter ID? Not sure what kind? Get the specifics in your state here.

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  • Ground Game Texas exists to organize and mobilize voters community-by-community, collaborating with partners on the ground to meet voters at their doors, hear their concerns, and highlight popular issues that are on the ballot. Learn more about local issues on your ballot and how you can get involved this year.

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