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Texas Voter Information

Important dates

State and local elections

November 2, 2021

Early Voting Period: October 18th – 29th

  • Harris County School Board Elections: Vote for the 18 independent school districts in Harris County depending on where you live including Alief, Cypress-Fairbanks, and Houston Independent School Districts.
  • Houston Community College Board of Trustees: Vote for Houston Community College Board
  • Statewide ballot measures for state constitutional amendments: Vote 8 constitutional amendments, relating to economic development, religious freedom, the judiciary, and taxation

The deadline for registering to vote or make a change of address effective for the November election has been extended to Monday, October 4, 2021, due to the 30th day before the election falling on Sunday, October 3, 2021. Source

We encourage voters to check your county election’s website for additional information.

Voter checklist

Know your rights

Under Federal law, you have a right to:

  • Vote free from intimidation.
  • Cast a vote by provisional ballot if there is uncertainty regarding your registration status or eligibility.
  • Receive assistance when voting if you are unable to vote unaided due to blindness, disability, illiteracy, or inability to read English; and you have a right to choose who assists you, so long as they are not your employer or union representative.

Under Texas law, you have a right to:

  • Receive up to two more ballots if you make a mistake while marking the ballot.
  • Vote if you are a pre-trial detainee awaiting sentencing or if you have been sentenced to a misdemeanor offense.
  • Vote after serving a felony conviction if you have (1) fully discharged the sentence, including any term of incarceration, parole, or supervision, or (2) completed a period of probation ordered by any court.

ID requirements

When voting in-person on Election Day, you will be asked to present one of the following forms of ID:

  • TX Driver’s License
  • TX Election Identification Certificate
  • TX Personal Identification Card
  • TX Handgun License
  • Federal Military ID
  • US Citizenship Certificate
  • US Passport

Don’t have an ID?

“If a voter does not possess an acceptable form of photo ID and the voter cannot reasonably obtain such ID, the voter may still cast a provisional ballot by presenting a supporting form of ID and executing a Reasonable Impediment Declaration, noting the voter’s reasonable impediment to obtaining an acceptable form of photo identification, stating that the information contained in the declaration is true, that the voter is the same individual personally appearing at the polling place to sign the declaration, and that the voter faces a reasonable impediment to procuring an acceptable form of photo identification.”- (Texas Secretary of State)

Here is a list of 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 current utility bill;
  • Copy of or original bank statement;
  • Copy of or original government check;
  • Copy of or original paycheck; or
  • Copy of or original of (a) a certified domestic (from a U.S. state or territory) birth certificate or (b) a document confirming birth admissible in a court of law which establishes the voter’s identity (which may include a foreign birth document).

Forgot your ID?

You can cast a provisional ballot if you forgot your ID. However, for your vote to count, you must provide one of the accepted photo IDs to the county election office in person prior to the certification of the election.

Report issues

Have you experienced or observed voter suppression efforts (e.g. polling place changes, voter purges, intimidation, or local practices that result in long waits to vote on Election Day)?

Report an issue

About Voting Rights Defender

LDF’s Voting Rights Defender (“VRD”) project broadens monitoring and tracking of voter suppression efforts in targeted jurisdictions months in advance of Election Day to identify as early as possible those suppression measures that warrant a responsive action.

Learn more about the Voting Rights Defender project

Our local partners

VRD will connect local partners with a resource team to combat suppressive measures using public exposure/media coverage, advocacy efforts with local actors/decisionmakers (e.g. calls, letters, petitions), and, if necessary, litigation.

Disclaimer: The information here is a resource and not legal advice. It is provided for informational purposes only and not as a substitute for or supplement to the legal advice necessary to address the specific concerns of any individual. Moreover, Texas may revise its laws after the publication of this site. Therefore, it is your responsibility to determine how all applicable laws concerning voter registration, voting, and the restoration of voting rights in Texas affect you.