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Texas

Population

28,995,881

Voting-Age Pop.

17,859,496

Last Presidential Election (2016)
Clinton 43 %
Trump 53 %
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Important Dates

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Election Date

Nov 3, 2020

Registration Deadline

Oct 5, 2020

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USPS recommends mailing your ballot no later than October 27.

Source: USPS.com


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  • Online Registration

    No
  • Early Voting
    Yes
  • Same-Day Registration
    No
  • ID Required
    Yes


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Absentee/Mail-In Voting

Absentee voting is available to certain registered voters in Texas.

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  • No, residents of Texas must register for an absentee ballot for the general election.

Mail Outline Icon Is this state automatically sending an absentee or mail-in ballot?

No, residents of Texas must register for an absentee ballot for the general election.

Applications must be received by: Oct 23 Chevron Icon

  • Applications to vote by mail must be received by the early voting clerk by Oct 23 before the close of regular business or 12pm, whichever is later.

Applications must be received by: Oct 23

Applications to vote by mail must be received by the early voting clerk by Oct 23 before the close of regular business or 12pm, whichever is later.

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  • At this time, the Texas secretary of state website doesn't show a date when the state will begin mailing absentee ballots.


    If you have questions about your absentee ballot request, call your county clerk.

When will I receive my ballot?

At this time, the Texas secretary of state website doesn't show a date when the state will begin mailing absentee ballots.


If you have questions about your absentee ballot request, call your county clerk.

Mail Send Icon If not postmarked, must be received by: Nov 3, 7pm Chevron Icon

  • Nov 3 (Election Day) at 7pm if carrier envelope is not postmarked.

Mail Send Icon If not postmarked, must be received by: Nov 3, 7pm

Nov 3 (Election Day) at 7pm if carrier envelope is not postmarked.

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  • Nov 4 (next business day after Election Day) at 5pm.

Mail Send Icon If postmarked by Nov 3 by 7pm, must be received by: Nov 4, 5pm

Nov 4 (next business day after Election Day) at 5pm.

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  • To be eligible to vote early by mail in Texas, you must:


    - Be 65 or older.

    - Be disabled.

    - Be out of the county on Election Day and during the period for early voting by personal appearance.

    - Be confined in jail, but otherwise eligible.

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To be eligible to vote early by mail in Texas, you must:


- Be 65 or older.

- Be disabled.

- Be out of the county on Election Day and during the period for early voting by personal appearance.

- Be confined in jail, but otherwise eligible.


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Early Voting

Can you vote early in this state?

Yes

Early voting by personal appearance for the Nov 3 election begins on Oct 13 and ends on Oct 30. You may vote at any early voting location in your county of registration. You will be able to find early voting locations by using our search site "Am I Registered?", which will be populated with voting sites a few days before early voting begins. Or you may want to contact the early voting clerk for state and county elections in your county.


Same-Day Registration

Can you register on Election Day?

No

Your application must be received in the Voter Registrar’s office or postmarked at least 30 days before an election.


Voter ID Requirements

Is an ID required to vote?

Yes

If the voter possesses, but did not bring with them, an acceptable form of photo ID, the voter may cast a provisional ballot at the polls. However, in order to have the provisional ballot counted, the voter will be required to visit the county Voter Registrar’s office within six calendar days of the date of the election and present an acceptable form of photo ID.



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Acceptable Forms of Identification

Make sure you're ready on Election Day with the appropriate forms of identification. Acceptable forms of ID are listed here.

Data source - votetexas.gov

Acceptable Forms of ID

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  • US Military Identification Card

    Containing the person’s photograph

  • US Citizenship Certificate

    Containing the person’s photograph

  • US Passport

    Book or card

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  • Texas Driver's 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

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  • Supporting Form of ID: Copy or Original Current Utility Bill

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  • Supporting Forms of ID:

    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 bank statement, copy of or original government check, copy of or original paycheck, copy of or original of (a) a certified domestic (from a US state or territory) birth certificate or (b) a document confirming birth admissible in a court of law that establishes the voter’s identity (which may include a foreign birth document).


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Covid-19 Voting

Voting resources regarding Covid-