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Texas Voting Requirements:
In Person: Monday, October 6, 2008
By Mail: Monday, October 6, 2008
To be eligible to vote in Texas you must be… Click to learn more
To be eligible to vote in Texas you must be:
A U.S. citizen
A resident of the county in which you intend to vote
At least 18 years old (you may register at 17 years and 10 months)
Not convicted of a felony (unless your sentence is completed, including any probation or parole)
Not declared mentally incompetent by a court of law
ID Needed for Voter Registration
You do not need to show ID to register, but you must provide your Texas driver’s license number, or personal ID card number issued by the deparment of public safety on your registration application. If you have neither, you must give the last four digits of your Social Security number or a statement that you have not been issued one. If you register by mail and do not provide the above information and are a first time voter, you must show an acceptable form of identification in addition to your voter registration certificate when you vote.
ID Needed for Voting
You are required to show your voter registration certificate in order to cast your vote. If you have lost or misplaced your certificate, you must show another form of identification. Acceptable forms of identification include:
A driver’s license or personal identification card issued by the Texas department of public safety
A similar document issued to you by an agency of another state, regardless of whether the license or card has expired
A form of identification containing a photograph
A birth certificate
U.S. citizenship papers
Official mail addressed to you from a government agency
A copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows your name and address
Any other form of identification presented by the secretary of state’s office.
There is no length of residency requirement before registering to vote in Texas. To vote in an upcoming election, the properly completed voter registration form must be postmarked 30 days before the upcoming election to be valid. In person registration must also be completed 30 days before an election.
You may request a postage-paid application by filling out the application form. A voter registration application will be mailed to you soon after. You must mail the voter registration application to the voter registrar in your county of residence. You may also pick up a voter registration application at many post offices, libraries, Texas department of public safety offices, or Texas department of human services offices throughout the state.
If you moved within the same county where you are currently registered, you must file the new address information in writing with your voter registrar or you may submit the in county change online.
If you miss this deadline, you may return to your old precinct to vote, but you will be required to complete a "statement of residence" confirming your new address in your new precinct.
If you moved to a new county, you must re-register in your new county of residence to be eligible to vote in the election. If you miss this deadline, you may be eligible to vote a "limited" ballot. A limited ballot is available only during the early voting period. The limited ballot application will also act as a voter registration application. Contact your county voter registration official for more information.
If you are a student who spends several weeks or months a year in different locations, but you want to vote in Texas, you will need to decide which place in Texas is the geographic location you consider to be your permanent home. This location should be where you intend to return after any temporary absence. When you are describing your residence on the voter application, you are making a factual statement to the best of your knowledge and belief. You are presumed under Texas law to be in the best position to make a factual determination concerning where your residence is for registration purposes. However, you cannot register in more than one location; if you register in one county but put another Texas county as your home on the application, your application will be forwarded to the Texas county of your residence.
Absentee Ballot Process
To qualify for an absentee ballot, you must be:
Absent from your county of residence on Election Day and during the early voting period
Sick or have a disability that prevents you from voting in person without assistance 65 or older
Confined to jail serving a misdemeanor sentence; or confined to jail without bail pending trial for a felony or appeal of a felony conviction
You must request an application for ballot by mail (ABBM) from an early voting clerk in the county where you are registered, or from the secretary of state's office. Once received, read the instructions carefully, complete the ABBM form and return to the early voting clerk in your county by mail, common carrier or fax. The application must be received by the early voting clerk between the 60th day and the seventh day before an election (or the last business day before the seventh day if it falls on a weekend or a holiday.)
Overseas citizens and U.S. military personnel can find information on how to register to vote and request an absentee ballot at the Overseas Vote Foundation.
In person early voting is available to any registered voter in Texas beginning on the 17th day (12th day before a May election) before an election and ending on the fourth day before Election Day. No excuse is needed to vote early in person. Early voting in person is conducted in the building that houses the office of the County Clerk or City Secretary, or in a place designated by the County Commissioners or City Council. To find your location, contact your early voting election official.
Early voting is conducted on weekdays during business hours for eight hours, or for three hours if the territory covered by the election has less than 1,000 people.
Counties with a population over 100,000 people must conduct early voting for 12 hours on weekdays of the last week of early voting.
If your county has less than 100,000 people, it must have extended hours if requested by 15 registered voters.
Counties with a population over 100,000 people must conduct early voting for 12 hours on the last Saturday of early voting, and for five hours on the last Sunday.
If your county has less than 100,000 people, the authority conducting the election may order early voting on one or more Saturdays or Sundays, and determine the hours. They must offer this if it is requested by 15 registered voters.
Election Dates: Tuesday, November 4, 2008
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