This post has been updated on Jan. 30, 2018.
Want to make sure your voice is heard on Election Day?
Monday, Feb. 5, is the deadline to register to vote in order to cast a ballot in the March 6 primary, where the parties will pick their nominees for Congressional and legislative seats, governor and lieutenant governor, and a slate of county government and judicial posts.
- 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 have applications readily available, which you can fill out and mail in, or you can download an application online and mail it in. Just make sure it’s postmarked before the registration deadline Monday. You can also register in person at the county elections office. Find locations or download the application at votetexas.gov.
- Filling out the application. You must be at least 17 years and 10 months old on the day you apply; and you must be at least 18 years old to vote on Election Day. Be sure to read the application and fill it out completely.
- Voter registration card. After successfully applying to register to vote, your voter registration card will be mailed to you within 30 days. If there are any mistakes on your card, return it to your voter registrar office immediately.
- You’ll need ID. When Election Day arrives, you’ll need to present one of seven accepted forms of ID at the polls, such as a Texas driver’s license or identification card, a U.S. passport or a military photo ID. Don’t have any of those? You can fill out a form at the polls and present supporting forms of ID, such as a current paycheck, bank statement, utility bill or your original birth certificate.
- Deadlines. Check them out, regularly updated here.
Get yourself registered so you have a say this year!