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Texas

Upcoming Election Dates and Registration Deadlines

March 1, 2022

Texas State Primary Election
Voter Registration Deadline
  • Postmarked by: January 31, 2022
Absentee Request Deadline
  • Post received: February 18, 2022
  • Online request by: N/A
  • In-person request by: February 18, 2022
Completed Absentee Ballot Return Deadline
  • Postmarked: March 1, 2022
  • Post received: March 3, 2022
  • In-person received: March 1, 2022
Early Voting: February 14 – February 25, 2022

May 24, 2022

Texas State Primary Run-off Election
Voter Registration Deadline
  • Postmarked by: April 25, 2022
Absentee Request Deadline
  • Post received: May 13, 2022
  • Online request by: N/A
  • In-person request by: May 13, 2022
Completed Absentee Ballot Return Deadline
  • Postmarked: May 24, 2022
  • Post received: May 26, 2022
  • In-person received: May 24, 2022
Early Voting: Starts May 7 – May 20, 2022

November 8, 2022

Texas State General Election
Voter Registration Deadline
  • Received by: October 11, 2022
Absentee Request Deadline
  • Post received: October 28, 2022
  • Online request by: N/A
  • In-person request by: October 28, 2022
Completed Absentee Ballot Return Deadline
  • Postmarked: November 8, 2022
  • Post received: November 10, 2022
  • In-person received: November 8, 2022
Early Voting: October 24 – November 4, 2022

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Absentee Voting

Voters can only vote by mail in Texas with an approved excuse.

You may vote absentee in Texas if you are:

  • be 65 years or older; 
  • be sick or disabled; 
  • be out of the county on election day and during the period for early voting by personal appearance; 
  • be expected to give birth within three weeks before or after Election Day; or
  • be confined in jail, but otherwise eligible.

Your absentee ballot application must be in-person or mailed 11 days before Election Day to your early voting clerk. Completed ballots must be returned in-person by 7 PM on Election Day, or by-mail by 5 PM two days after Election Day.

Do not forget to include your last 4 digits of your social security or driver’s license number in the application. It must match what is on file.

See details of absentee voting and download the application here

 

Early Voting 

Early voting is available for all registered voters beginning 17 days before Election Day, unless that day falls on a weekend, in which case early voting begins on that Monday. Early voting ends four days before Election Day. 

See details of early voting here

What to Expect
on Election Day

On Election Day, polls are open from 7 AM to 7 PM local time. 

Find your polling location.

 

Voter ID Requirements

A valid photo ID is required to vote on Election Day (and early voting). Acceptable forms of ID include:

  • 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 Handgun License 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 (book or card)

If you don’t have any of these, you’ll need to (1) sign a sworn statement that there is a reason why you don’t have any of the IDs listed above (a Reasonable Impediment Declaration), and (2) bring one of the following:

  • copy or original of a government document that shows the voter’s name and an address, including the voter’s voter registration certificate;
  • copy of or original current utility bill;
  • copy of or original bank statement;
  • copy of or original government check;
  • copy of or original paycheck; or
  • copy of or original of (a) a certified domestic (from a U.S. state or territory) birth certificate or (b) a document confirming birth admissible in a court of law which establishes the voter’s identity (which may include a foreign birth document)

Click here for more information on voter ID in Texas

Language Access

Section 203 of the Voting Rights Act requires certain jurisdictions to provide in-language voting materials in areas with a significant number of limited English proficient voters. 

Areas in Texas covered by Section 203

Section 208

Section 208 of the Voting Rights Act states that, “Any voter who requires assistance to vote by reason of blindness, disability, or inability to read or write may be given assistance by a person of the voter’s choice, other than the voter’s employer or agent of the employer or office or agent of the voter’s union.” 

It is your right to bring your own interpreter to the polls, if you so choose. 

Have questions or need help voting?

Call 1-888-API-VOTE (1-888-274-8683).

Bilingual assistance is available in English, Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean, Vietnamese, Tagalog, Urdu, Hindi, and Bengali. Click here for more information.