Frequently Asked Questions for voting in Texas
What are the important deadlines for voting in the November 2018 general election?
- Oct. 9
Last day to register to vote.
- Oct. 22
First day of early voting.
- Oct. 26
Last day to apply for ballot by mail.
- Nov. 2
Last day to early vote.
- Tuesday, Nov. 6
What kind of identification card do I need?
Before you go to vote, bring one of the following items to your polling place:
- TX Driver’s License issued by the Department of Public Safety
- TX Personal ID card issued by the Department of Public Safety
- TX concealed handgun license issued by the Department of Public Safety
- TX Election ID Certificate issued by the Department of Public Safety
- US military ID card with your photo
- US Certificate of Citizenship or US Certificate of Naturalization with your photo
- US passport book or card
These photo IDs must be current or have expired no more than 4 years before you vote.
What if I don't have an ID?
If you don’t have one of the accepted IDs, you can get a free Election ID Certificate from your nearest Department of Public Safety Office, or at one of the Secretary of State’s mobile ID stations.
In order to get a free Election ID Certificate, you’ll need to bring documentation with you to verify your identity and to show that you are a U.S. citizen. Most people need an original birth certificate plus two supporting documents.
If you don’t have your birth certificate, you can get one from a Vital Records Office for free (if you go in person and tell them you need a birth certificate for voting), or online for $22.
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