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.

Be a voter

Key Dates

Oct 11

Voter Registration Deadline

Oct 20

Recommended Absentee/Mail-In Ballot Request Deadline

Oct 28

Absentee/Mail-in Ballot Request Deadline

Oct 24 – Nov 4

Early Voting

Nov 8

General Election

Nov 9

Absentee/Mail-in Ballot Return Deadline (by mail, MUST be postmarked by Election Day)

Texas Voter Guide

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

    We always encourage people to check their registrations, but it's especially important in Texas this year, as there have been reports this year of registration data being lost or voters being purged from the rolls. If you're not registered, you can get registered online. If you're unsure about anything, please contact your County Elections Administrator, as they are responsible for maintaining the voter rolls in Texas.

    Check Registration Get Registered Contact your County Elections Official
  • Can I register the same day I want to vote?

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

    Get Registered
  • Can I vote by mail?

    No, only certain voters are eligible to vote by mail/absentee in Texas. Check if you qualify and learn about the process for casting a ballot by mail.

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  • Can I vote early?

    Yes! You can vote between October 24th and November 4th.

  • 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 or US citizenship certificate are ideal. If you do not have one of those, you may use a voter registration certificate, certified birth certificate, utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, or government document AND sign a "Reasonable Impediment" document explaining why you're unable to obtain an acceptable photo ID. Get all the info you need below from VoteRiders.

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  • How do I cast my ballot?

    Certain voters may cast a ballot by mail and return it either by mail or in person to the Early Voting Clerk (not at a polling place). All voters may cast a ballot in person or on Election Day. For in-person Election Day voting, the polls will be open from 7am to 7pm. You can find the polling place closest to you here.

    Find Your Polling Place


Since 2020, it’s become harder to cast your ballot in Texas. Here are the changes you need to pay attention to:

When registering to vote…

  • Texas will now send address confirmation notices to people with commercial post offices or other non-residential addresses. If you receive one, you’ll need to affirm your address via mail, including documentation of ID, or risk being taken off the voter roll. This does not apply to military members or college students.

When making a plan to vote…

  • Curbside and overnight voting are no longer available in Texas.
  • Working on Election Day, not having transportation to the polls, and sicknesses not requiring a personal assistant are no longer valid qualifications for requesting an absentee ballot.
  • When voting absentee, you’ll now need to include the last four digits of your SSN or your driver’s license number both on the ballot and on a specific part of the envelope. This number needs to match the form of ID used when registering to vote (if you don’t remember which one you used, put down both.)
  • There’s a new form you must fill out if you are assisting others in filling out their ballot; it’s a felony if you don’t!

When casting your vote…

  • There are no more drop boxes in Texas.
  • There’s a new online ballot tracking system that you can use to ensure your vote is counted.
  • If you requested a mail ballot but are voting in-person, you’ll cast a provisional ballot unless you return the unvoted mail ballot.


  • 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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  • Find the details on accessible voting in your state, including early voting, Election Day voting, mail voting, and accessible mail voting tools for people with print disabilities.

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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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