Voting in Texas
Voter Registration In Texas
Who Can Register In Texas
To register to vote in Texas, you must:
- Be a U.S. citizen
- Be a resident of the county where you submit your application
- Be at least 17 years and 10 months old, and turning 18 by the election
- Not have been declared “non-compos mentis” or “mentally incompetent” by a court of law
- Not have been convicted of a felony, or have been convicted but have had your rights restored
You must register to vote at least 30 days before the election you wish to vote in.
Texas Election Day Registration
Texas does not offer Election Day registration, so be sure to submit your voter registration before the deadline.
You can pre-register to vote in Texas when you turn 17 years and 10 months old and will be 18 years old by Election Day.
Voting Rights Restoration
Texas does remove voting rights for people with felony convictions. Voting rights are lost until completion of a sentence, including parole and/or probation, with automatic restoration after.
If you have a past conviction, learn more about your eligibility to vote here.
Voting In Texas
Where To Vote In Texas
Vote-by-mail & Absentee
Voters can only vote absentee/by mail in Texas with an approved excuse. Approved excuses include: You will be away from your county on Election Day and during early voting; You are sick or disabled; You are 65 years of age or older on Election Day; or You are confined in jail, but eligible to vote.
Early Voting In Texas
Texas offers in-person early voting. No excuse is needed to vote early. Early voting begins the 17th day before election day and ends the 4th day before election day.
Primary Elections In Texas
Texas has open primaries. A registered voter can select which primary election they vote in. Once they vote in the primary, they affiliate with that party for the remainder of the year and cannot participate in another party’s primary runoff or convention process. 17-year-olds cannot vote in the primary election even if they will be 18 by the corresponding general election.
Voter ID In Texas
Voter ID Requirements
Photo ID is required to vote in Texas. Valid 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 do not have an approved form of ID, you can submit an alternate form of ID along with a Reasonable Impediment Declaration. If you go to your polling place without an approved form of ID, you will be allowed to complete a provisional ballot, and will then need to submit approved ID to the county voter registrar within 6 days for your ballot to be counted.
Additional Texas Resources
Your State Election Official
Texas Secretary of State
Phone number: 800.252.8683 (toll free); 512.463.5650 (local)