Voting Information

Find your early voting location!

October 13
First day of early voting.

October 23
Last day to apply for ballot by mail (received, not postmarked)

October 30
Last day of early voting.

November 3
Election Day!

Voter Assistance Hotline
844-TX-VOTES (844.898.6837)
Other Questions? Contact us at 832.987.4907

Additional Information for Voters

Sample ballots by county

Voting with Assistance

  • A voter can be assisted by any person selected by the voter other than the voter’s employer, an agent of the voter’s employer, or an officer or agent of a labor union to which the voter belongs

  • Voters unable to physically enter the polling location can use curbside voting: ask the presiding precinct election official to allow them to vote outside the polling location. A poll worker will come to them with the ballot machine for them to cast their vote

  • Harris County offers drive thru voting for all voters at 10 locations 

What should I do if the poll worker can’t find my name on the list of registered voters?

  • Request a provisional ballot!

  • To do so, you must fill out an affidavit where 

    • (1) the voter states the reasons he or she is qualified to vote and 

    • (2) is used if the voter’s registration cannot be verified by the polling place election officials OR if a voter 

      • (a) does not possess one of the acceptable forms of photo identification listed above, and a voter can reasonably obtain one of these forms of identification or 

      • (b) possesses, but did not bring to the polling place, one of the seven forms of acceptable photo identification listed above, or 

      • (c) does not possess one of the seven forms of acceptable photo identification, could otherwise not reasonably obtain one, but did not bring a supporting form of identification to the polling place

  • Requires the voter to visit the voter registrar’s office within six (6) calendar days of the date of the election to either present one of the above seven (7) acceptable forms of photo ID OR execute a Reasonable Impediment Declaration and present one of the acceptable forms of supporting ID, OR, if applicable, submit one of the temporary affidavits (e.g., religious objection or natural disaster) OR, if applicable, qualify for a permanent disability exemption, in order for the provisional ballot to count

 

 

Am I eligible to vote early?

  • Any registered voter may vote at any early voting location in your county of registration. No excuse is needed

What are the locations and timings for early voting? 

  • Early voting is from Tuesday, October 13, 2020 to Friday, October 30, 2020

  • Find your closest early voting location aqui

  • Fort Bend County (polling locations & times)

  • Brazoria County (times not listed, call for timings)

  • Harris County (locations and times)

  • You can check this website too: use the search site Am I Registered?, which will be populated with voting sites a few days before early voting begins

Do I need to bring anything with me? 

  • The voter will be asked to present one of the seven (7) acceptable forms of photo ID (listed below)

    • Texas Driver License issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS)

    • Texas Election Identification Certificate issued by DPS

    • Texas Personal Identification Card issued by DPS

    • Texas Handgun License issued by DPS

    • United States Military Identification Card containing the person’s photograph

    • United States Citizenship Certificate containing the person’s photograph

    • United States Passport (book or card)polling place

What if my ID is expired?

  • For individuals between 18-69, an ID that’s been expired for up to 4 years is acceptable
  • For individuals aged 70 or older, the ID may be expired for any amount of time and still be acceptable

What if I don’t have an ID? 

  • If you can’t reasonably obtain an ID, you can still vote after completing an affidavit and showing one of these supporting documents

  • You must also execute a Reasonable Impediment Declaration

    • Notes the voter’s reasonable impediment to obtaining an acceptable form of photo ID

      • These are the impediments listed on the declaration: lack of transportation, disability or illness, lack of birth certificate or other documents needed to obtain acceptable photo ID, work schedule, family responsibilities, lost or stolen ID, or acceptable form of photo ID applied for but not received

    • The voter must be the same individual personally appearing at the polling place to sign the declaration

  • You can also apply for an Election Identification Certification aqui

 

What are the locations and timings for election day voting? 

  • Polls are open from 7 am to 7 pm on November 3, 2020

    • If you are in line at the time polls close (7 pm) at any polling location, you may stay in line until you can cast your vote

  • Fort Bend County

  • Brazoria County 

  • Harris County

What happens if I can’t find my ID on election day? 

  • You can fill out the Reasonable Impediment Declaration at the polls and bring one of the supporting documents for identification

  • Voters who are unable to provide an acceptable form of photo ID or an acceptable supporting document may vote provisionally. Voters will need to sign a provisional affidavit and will have 6 days after the election to cure their ballot by bringing approved photo identification to the Voter Registrar

Am I able to leave the line and come back? 

  • You can leave if needed, however, make sure you’re in line before polling locations close

Can I vote in another county? 

  • You can only vote in the county you are not originally registered to vote in if you have filled out an application to vote by mail 

Military and overseas voters:

Am I eligible to vote-by-mail? 

  • You can request to vote by mail if you:

    • Will be 65 years or older on Election Day

    • Are expected to be absent from the County during both the early voting period and on Election Day (These ballots may only be mailed to an address outside of Fort Bend County.)

    • Have a disability

    • Are confined in jail and not finally convicted of a felony

Where can I find the application to vote-by-mail?

When and where do I submit the application to vote-by-mail?

  • Applications to vote-by-mail must be received by October 23, 2020

  • Submit the application to vote-by-mail to the following address

    • Fort Bend County: mail to Fort Bend County Elections, 301 Jackson Street, Richmond, TX 77469   

    • Brazoria County: mail to Joyce Hudman, County Clerk, 111 E. Locust Ste 200, Angleton, TX 77515

    • Harris County: mail to Chris Hollins, Harris County Clerk, Attn: Elections Division, P.O. Box 1148, Houston, TX 77251-1148

How do I fill out the application?

  • Here is a comprehensive video from the Young Democrats of Brazoria County on how to fill out an application

How do I fill out the ballot?

  • Read the instructions you received with your ballot for more information about filling it out. After reading the instructions in the envelope, fill out your ballot, sign the envelope, add postage, and place it in your mailbox! To learn more about how to vote-by-mail in Texas, visit aqui

  • Make sure to fill the application in black or blue ink!

  • Note: There is no straight-ticket voting for Texas’ 2020 election

How do I submit the mail-in ballot? 

  • By mail: Place the completed ballot in the ballot envelope and seal it. Place the ballot envelope in the pre-addressed carrier envelope and sign it as indicated (note: signature must match the signature on your VBM application). Place postage (two standard stamps, $1.10) and send via USPS or contract carrier such as UPS or FedEx

  • In person: You can submit it in person at your County Elections Department office. You will be required to show ID when you submit your ballot

    • Drop-off Location by County (ONLY ONE LOCATION PER COUNTY):

      • Fort Bend County: 4520 Reading Rd., Ste. A-400 Rosenberg, TX  77471 

      • Brazoria County: 1524 E. Mulberry, Ste. 145 Angleton, Texas 77515

      • Harris County: NRG Arena – Hall D, NRG Pkwy, Houston, TX 77054

    • Hours of Operation:

      • During regular business hours,

      • During early voting, Oct 13-30: Mon-Sat from 7 am – 7 pm, Sun from 12 pm – 7 pm, or

      • On Election Day (November 3, 2020) from 7 am – 7 pm.

  • Harris County now offers mail-in ballot tracking! You can check on the status of both your application and your actual ballot aqui

  • FCPA (overseas military members and family) can track their ballots aqui

When is your ballot due? 

  • Your ballot needs to be received by 5PM the day after Election Day and postmarked by 7PM Election Day

  • It’s best to sign the carrier envelope and put it in any mailbox ASAP! 

Can I vote in person if I received a mail-in ballot?

  • If you have your mail-in ballot, bring your mail-in ballot with you to vote in person. You will give it to the election clerk to suspend the mail-in ballot and be allowed to vote a regular ballot

  • If you do not have your mail-in ballot, you may be required to vote a provisional ballot that will be counted later, once the election Department confirms they aren’t counting two ballots for you

Voting Rights

Every registered voter in Texas has the right to:

  • A ballot with written instructions

  • Ask the polling place official for instructions on how to cast a ballot

  • Cast your vote in secret and free from intimidation

  • Receive up to two more ballots if you make a mistake while marking the ballot

  • Bring an interpreter to assist you if English is not your preferred language

  • Help to cast your ballot if you cannot write, see the ballot, or understand the language

  • Report a possible voting rights abuse to the Secretary of State or to your local election official

  • Cast a provisional ballot if your name does not appear on the list of registered voters or if you don’t have any of the accepted forms of photo ID

  • Vote once at any early voting location during the early voting period

  • File an administrative complaint with the Secretary of State concerning violations of federal and state voting procedures

 

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