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How To Register To Vote

Austin, TX (The B) – With the presidential election coming November 3, in order to vote in the state of Texas you must be registered. There’s still plenty of time, but no sense waiting until the last moment.  You can pick up a voter registration application, fill it out completely, and mail it in at least 30 days before the election.

You are eligible to register to vote if:

  • You are a United States citizen.
  • You are a resident of the county where you submit the application.
  • You are at least 17 years and 10 months old, and you are 18 years of age on Election Day.
  • You are not a convicted felon (you may be eligible if you have completed your sentence, probation, and parole) – and you have not been declared by a court exercising probate jurisdiction to be either totally mentally incapacitated or partially mentally incapacitated without the right to vote.

The National Mail Voter Registration Form can be used to register U.S. citizens to vote, to update registration information due to a change of name, make a change of address or to register with a political party. You must follow the state-specific instructions listed for your state. They begin on page 3 of the form and are listed alphabetically by state. After filling out this form, you must sign your name where indicated and send it to your state or local election office for processing. Be sure you mail it in an envelope with the proper amount of postage. The national form also contains voter registration rules and regulations for each state and territory.
National Mail Voter Registration Form

If you are already registered in Texas, and want to confirm your voter registration status, you can select one of three methods to perform a search:

  • Your Texas driver’s license number, if you provided it when you applied for voter registration.
  • Your Voter Unique Identifier (VUID), which appears on your voter registration certificate.
  • Your first and last name.

Find out if you are already registered.

*We will be posting sample ballots and platform comparisons for the national, state, and local candidates running in the 2020 General Election later this Fall.

If you’re going to be voting for the very first time, this short video will be helpful. It goes over the basic requirements for voting in the U.S., and explains why it’s important to know your state’s specific rules for voting.

If you’re a U.S. citizen, meet your state’s requirements, and will be 18 by Election Day, you can vote.  But first, you need to register before your state’s deadline. Check with your local election office. You can register there or you may be able to register online, at the Department of Motor Vehicles, or using the National Mail Voter Registration Form.

Your election office may send you a voter registration card listing your polling place. On Election Day, that’s where you’ll go. When you get there, you may need to show a photo ID to vote. Then, fill out your ballot. If you don’t know how, ask a poll worker.

  
More info at usa.gov/voting or votetexas.gov

  
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