Here’s what you need to know about registering to vote in Texas

Oct. 11 is the last day to register to vote in next month’s presidential election.

An estimated 15 million Texas voters will be eligible to vote this November, thanks to a recent surge in registrations, but the Texas voting age population is 19.3 million, which means a large portion of the population is still unregistered. Thankfully, registering to vote in Texas is relatively quick and painless, and you can still get your registration in before Tuesday’s deadline.

Vote Here signs line the windows at the ACC Highland early voting location on Wednesday, October 22, 2014. DEBORAH CANNON / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Vote Here signs line the windows at the ACC Highland early voting location on Wednesday, October 22, 2014. DEBORAH CANNON / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

VoteTexas.gov has the most extensive collection of voting information in the state, providing details on everything from how to vote to your rights as a registered voter.

There are several ways to register to vote, so choose the one most convenient for you:

  • Register in person at your county voter registrar’s office (search for offices by county here).
  • Pick up an application from your county voter registrar’s office or a local library, government office or high school, fill it out, then mail it to your county voter registrar’s office or drop it off in person.
  • Fill out a voter registration application online, print it and mail it to your county voter registrar’s office.

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Once you’re all registered and ready to vote, make sure you bring proper identification on Nov. 8 (or during the Oct. 24-Nov. 4 early voting period). Voter ID laws are a little complex and have caused some controversy across the country, including in Texas, but you can find a list of acceptable forms of photo ID and supporting ways to verify your identity here.

If you can’t physically make it to the polls in your home county, there are also options for you to vote by mail under special circumstances. If you’re 65 years or older, disabled, in jail or out of the county on election day, you can fill out an application for ballot by mail.

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It’s all so easy, there’s really no excuse to be caught not voting on Election Day. And remember, if you’re a Travis County resident, a local elections official is literally paying people to show up at the polls.

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