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FAQs

Where can I track my ballot?

Go to txballot.com to track your ballot!

How do I register to vote?

You can register to vote here. Remember you must print out the form, sign it, and send it to your voter registration office here.

When is the deadline to register to vote?

The deadline to register for the November 3rd election has passed.

Do I need to re-register for each election?

If you have not recently moved, then no you do not need to re-register each election. But, if you just moved to Texas or moved within Texas, you must register again. If you have moved within the same county, then you must submit an address change to your local county voter registrar. You can learn more here.

When are the next elections?

October 13th-30th

Early Voting Begins for the General Election

October 23rd

Last Day to Apply for Mail-in Ballot by Mail

November 3rd

Election Day

Where do I find my nearest polling location?

You can find your polling locations a few days before early voting begins here.

What do I need to bring with me to the polls?

Bring one of the following items to your polling place:

  • TX Driver’s License
  • US Certificate of Citizenship or US Certificate of Naturalization with your photo
  • US passport book or card
  • TX Personal ID card
  • TX concealed handgun license
  • TX Election ID Certificate
  • US military ID card with your photo

These photo IDs must be current or have expired no more than 4 years before you vote. If you don’t have a photo ID you can bring alternate identification, for more information, check here.

What is on my ballot?

It is going to be a LONG ballot so be prepared!

Federal Level

  • POTUS
  • US Senate
  • US House of Representative

Statewide 

  • Texas Railroad Commission
  • Texas Supreme Court Places 1, 6, 7, 8
  • Texas Court of Criminal Appeals Places 3, 4, 9
  • Texas House of Representatives
  • Texas State Senate*

County

  • District Court Judge
  • County Attorney
  • County Sheriff
  • County Tax-Assessor Collector
  • District Attorney
  • County Commissioners
  • County Constable

School District

  • ISD School Board*
  • Texas Board of Education*

Judicial

  • District Court of Appeals*
  • District Court Judges
  • County Court Judges

City

  • City Council*
  • Mayor*

*indicates that the office may be on SOME people’s ballots but not everyone’s!

Finally, you can attain a personalized ballot from the League of Women Voter here. Simply enter your address and a sample ballot for your precinct will appear.

What are my voting rights?

As a registered voter in Texas, you have the right to:

  • A ballot with written instructions on how to cast a ballot.
  • Ask the polling place official for instructions on how to cast a ballot (but not suggestions on how to vote).
  • Cast your vote in secret and free from intimidation.
  • Receive up to two more ballots if you make a mistake while marking the ballot.
  • Bring an interpreter to assist you as you qualify to vote if you do not understand the English language.
  • Help to cast your ballot if you cannot write, see the ballot, or understand the language in which it is written.

Learn more here.

Who do I contact if I am having problems voting or have questions?

Call the Election Protection Hotline! They’re here to help you with whatever questions you may have. They have dedicated hotlines for different languages and accessibility.

English: 866-OUR-VOTE (866-687-8683)
Asian Languages (Hindi, Urdu, and Bengali): 888-API-VOTE (888-274-8683)

Do I qualify to vote by mail?

YOU QUALIFY TO VOTE BY MAIL IF YOU:

  • Are age 65 or older;
  • Have a disability or illness;
  • Know you will not be in your registered county during the entire voting period; 
  • Are in jail, but still eligible to vote.
How can I submit an application to vote by mail?
  • You can print out your own application, contact your local elections office to receive one or request one from the secretary of state’s office.
  • Complete and mail an application for ballot to your county elections office before Oct. 13.
  • Applications can also be submitted by fax or email, but the county must also receive a hard copy within four business days.
  • Find your local election’s office by visiting: https://www.sos.state.tx.us/elections/voter/votregduties.shtml
When will I receive my mail-in ballot?
  • There is no specific date, but general rules do apply for county elections offices.
  • If your county elections office receives your application more than 45 days before Election Day, the county must send your ballot at least 30 days out from the election.
  • Some counties are aiming to get the ballots out sooner once all the races — from federal to local — are certified.
When is the deadline to submit my mail-in ballot APPLICATION?
  • October 13th
    • Last day to Drop off a mail-in ballot application in person to your local election office.

    • You can also mail, fax, or email your application.

      • If faxing or emailing, your early voting clerk must also receive an original copy of the application by mail within 4 business days.

  • October 23rd
    • Last day your mail-in ballot application must be received via mail by your local election office.
When is the deadline to submit my COMPLETED mail-in ballot?
  • NOVEMBER 3RD
    • Last day to mail your completed mail-in ballot and it must be postmarked by 7 p.m. OR
    • You can also drop off your mail-in ballot to your local election office by 7 p.m. When dropping off, you must present a photo ID.
    • YOU CANNOT SUBMIT YOUR MAIL-IN BALLOT AT A POLLING SITE!

We recommend you submit your ballot as early as possible to avoid the Election Day rush.

What kind of postage do I need to send in my completed mail-in ballot?
  • It depends on where you live and the size of the ballot/envelope.
  • Local elections offices will have specific instructions listed once ballots are finalized.
  • If you don’t have enough postage, your ballot is not supposed to be returned to you. Instead, the Postal Service is planning to deliver the ballot.
How will recent changes and delays at the U.S. Postal Service affect mail-in voting?
  • The state’s deadlines and the U.S. Postal Service processes will be newly tested this general election. The Postal Service is also facing cost-cutting measures which may entail mail delivery delays.
  • To ensure your vote gets counted, the USPS, election administrators and voter advocacy groups recommend that you:
    • Request your mail-in ballot as early as possible, AND
    • Send your completed ballot back as soon as possible.
What could cause my mail-in ballot to be rejected?
  • In addition to missing the deadline, a ballot could be rejected if:
    • You forget to sign your ballot;
    • If the ballot review board finds a signature mismatch between the endorsement on a ballot and the one on your application;
    • If you indicated you would be out of the county during the voting period, but the ballot was mailed from within the county.
  • Remember to read through all instructions and be careful when filling out your ballot and review your ballot before returning.
Can I vote in person if I have already requested a mail-in ballot?

The short answer is YES!

  • The process will be more streamlined if you bring your mail-in ballot with you to your polling place so you can surrender it before casting your vote.
  • If you don’t have your ballot or never received it:
    • You can still cast a provisional ballot.
    • Your vote via provisional ballot will be counted once the county determines it never received your mail-in ballot.
What should I expect in person voting to be like during COVID?

This is an unprecedented time for everyone and voting during a global health pandemic is no exception. The WiseUp TX team highly recommends everyone to follow the following safe health practices when heading to the polls:

  • Vote Early to avoid long lines
  • Wear a face mask and bring hand sanitizer with you to the polls
  • Stay 6 feet apart from the people in front and behind you in the lines
  • Bring a stylus pen or utilize the finger glove when marking your ballot
  • If you have Covid/Covid like symptoms, please utilize curbside or drive through voting
  • Please be safe but do not feel discouraged when casting your ballot
Why should I bother to vote?

As cliche as it sounds, your vote is your voice. People have almost died for the right to vote and this privilege is not one to take for granted. A democracy is meant for its’ citizens to participate in and when citizens don’t participate, a democracy will fail. America is unique in its’ history of being a melting pot of the world and voting is your opportunity to ensure our representatives look like the beautiful diverse nation that we are.

Interested in learning about the 2018 mid-term elections? Click here.

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