Who Can Vote In Texas? When Must One Register To Be Eligible? When Is Election Day?
(Blogger’s Note 10/3/12—Here is a link to my post about 2012 voting information for Texas.)
Who can vote on General Election Day in Texas and in Harris County, Texas? When must one register to vote in order to be eligible? What day is Election Day?
The last day one can register to vote this year is October 6.
These are the qualifications for being eligible to vote for all of Texas —
To be eligible to register to vote in Texas, any United States citizen residing in Texas who is:
- At least 18 years old on Election Day
- Not a convicted felon (unless sentence, probation and/or parole are completed)
- Not declared mentally incapacitated by a court of law.
The information below describes how one can register and by what day one must register—
Registering to vote is easy in Texas. It doesn’t even require a stamp! Official applications to register to vote are postage-paid by the State of Texas. In most Texas counties, the Tax Assessor-Collector is also the Voter Registrar. In some counties, the County Clerk or Elections Administrator registers voters. You may obtain an application from the county Voter Registrar’s office, the Secretary of State’s Office, libraries, many post offices, high schools and on the web. From our website, you may request that we send you an official, postage-paid application. Or, you may download an informal application, but you will be required to affix a stamp before mailing. You may also register to vote when you apply for or renew your driver’s license.
Read the instructions on the form, fill it out and mail it to the Voter Registrar in your county, or take it to the Voter Registrar’s office in your county. You must be at least 17 years and 10 months of age on the date you apply.
If for any reason you cannot register yourself, with your permission, your spouse, parent or child may fill out and sign an application for you if that person is a registered voter or has applied for voter registration. This person is known as your “agent.” The application must be received in the Voter Registrar’s office or postmarked 30 days before an election in order for you to be eligible to vote in that election. You will receive a voter registration certificate in the mail after the Voter Registrar has processed your voter registration application. Upon receipt of the voter registration certificate, sign it, fold it and keep in it in your wallet and take it to the polls with you when you vote.
All voters who register to vote in Texas must provide a Texas driver’s license number or personal identification number issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety. If you do not have such a number, then you must state that fact and provide the last four digits of your social security number. If you do not have a social security number, you must also state that fact.
These facts come from the office of the Texas Secretary of State. You can click the link for full details.
This blog posts out of Houston in Harris County, Texas. Here is the web page of the Harris County Democratic Party. Here is information about registering to vote in Harris County.
Election Day is Tuesday, November 4, 2008.
Below is Humble, Texas. This fine community is in Harris County.
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