Here’s how to register to vote in Texas

The deadline to register to vote in March’s upcoming primary election is this Monday, Feb. 1. What do you need to do to make sure you’re ready to cast your vote on the big day?

At the Travis County offices polling place on Airport Blvd. Tuesday afternoon March 4, 2014 people line up at every available booth to cast their ballot in the primary elections. A judge extended election hours to vote due to inclement weather. RALPH BARRERA / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

At the Travis County offices polling place on Airport Blvd. Tuesday afternoon March 4, 2014, people line up at every available booth to cast their ballot in the primary elections. A judge extended election hours to vote due to inclement weather. RALPH BARRERA / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

  • Find out if you are eligible and/or already registered. Check out the list of requirements for registration. If you’re unsure if you’ve previously registered to vote you can check your status here.
  • Get an application. Many local libraries, government establishments and high schools all have applications readily available, which you can then mail in completed. You should also be able to obtain one at your county voter registrar office, where you can register in person. Another option is to fill out an application online, print it and mail it to the voter registrar in your county of residence.
  • Filling out the application. On the day that you apply, you must be 17 years and 10 months old. Be sure to read the application’s instructions and fill it out completely. Any voter registered in Texas will be required to either provide a Texas driver’s license number or personal identification number.
  • Voter registration card. After successfully applying to register to vote, your voter registration card will be mailed to you within 30 days. The card will appoint you an area in your county to vote on Election Day. If there are any mistakes on your card, return it to your voter registrar office immediately.
  • You’ll need ID. When you go to the polls to vote, you will need to present one of the seven acceptable forms of identification listed here. The identification must be current. This is what will be used to find you on the official list of registered voters.
  • Deadlines. Rememember that the deadline to register to be able to vote in the first primary election is Monday, Feb. 1, but if you miss it, there are still several upcoming elections for which you can cast your vote. View a full list of deadlines, including that of Nov. 8 uniform election date.

Get yourself registered so you have a say this year!

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