Voter Registration in Texas
In Texas, voter registration applications are available online or at Driver License Division offices, post offices, libraries, and many other places. You may also request a postage-paid application online.
Note: Voter information and application forms are also available in Spanish.
Normally, voter applications take 30 days to process once they have been received and approved. The 30 days starts on the date the application was postmarked or, if hand-carried, the date of the application's arrival at your local voter registrar's office.
You may register to vote any time after you have reached the age of 17 years and 10 months so that your registration can be processed in time for an election falling on or after your 18th birthday.
Other voter eligibility requirements include:
- You must be a citizen of the United States.
- You must reside in the county where you are registering.
- You must not be a convicted felon. If you have a felony conviction, you must have completed your sentencing, paid your fines, and completed your parole.
- You must not have been declared mentally incompetent in a court of law. (Any informal opinions expressed by your friends or relatives do not count here.)
To vote in Texas, you need to have your voter registration certificate; this will be sent to you. If you move within a county, you must update your address or go back to your old precinct in order to vote. If you move to another county, you'll need to submit a new voter registration application.
If you fail to vote in two consecutive federal elections, your name will be removed from the polls; this just means that you'll need to register again when you decide to vote.
For additional information on the details of voting and continuing to vote in Texas, visit the Secretary of State's Texas Voting page. Even more information is available―read What Every Texan Needs to Know About Voting in Texas.
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