Online Voting: NOT YET
Online Registration: YES
Registering to Vote in Texas
The voting process has gone through many changes over the year. While there is still no way to actually place your vote through an online platform, it is now easier than ever to register to vote. In Texas, residents are now able to complete a simple online process to register for the upcoming elections. There have always been several ways to register, but this new addition is the easiest by far and will open the doors for more people to have their voice heard when election time rolls around.
- Be a United States citizen
- Be a resident of the Texas county in which the application for registration is made
- Be at least 18 years old on Election Day
- Cannot be convicted of a felony, or, if so convicted must have either fully discharged the sentence, including any term of incarceration, parole, or supervision, or completed a period of probation ordered by a court, or have been pardoned or otherwise released from the resulting disability to vote
- Not determined by a final judgment of a court to be mentally incapacitated
Where and How to Register
In order to complete the voter registration process online, you simply visit the Texas Secretary of State voter registration website. On this website, you will be able to check whether you are already registered, as well as obtain a listing of the county registrars. Once you determine you have not yet registered, you will be able to move on through the online process. Fill out your personally identifying information as requested in the online form and click on the submit button. This information will be cross-checked with the information present in the Texas DMV website to confirm a signature is on file. If approved, you will receive your voter registration card through the mail. You should also receive a sample ballot from your county’s election office, as long as you have registered more than 29 days prior to an election. This will allow you to learn how to use the ballot before you head to the polls. Be sure to check your registration card for errors so they can be corrected before the election.
After you are registered to vote in your county, you are ready to participate in any future elections that take place. You only need to register once as long as you continue to live in your current home. A move will require you to register again in your new location, even if you move within the same county. To determine where you will vote, be sure to check your voter registration card. The location name, address and precinct number will be printed directly on your card. Polls in Texas are open between 7 a.m.. and 7 p.m.. to accommodate individuals with all work schedules. You will also need to show a photo ID. in order to place your vote. Early voting may also be an option.
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