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Tips for casting your ballot in Texas

For those who haven’t cast their ballot yet, here are tips as you make your plan to vote. For those who haven’t, here are tips as you make your plan to vote.

1. Know when to register.

If you’re registering for the first time, you must register to vote at least 30 days before the polls open. Oct. 5 was the deadline to register in Texas this year. Bring some form of identification, such as a driver’s license, U.S. passport, utility bill or bank statement verifying your address.

2. Know where to register.

You can register to vote in-person through your local registrar’s (county clerk’s) office. High schools, libraries and most government offices have applications if you’d like to apply by mail, and you need to send the application to the voter registrar in your county.

3. Know how you can vote.

If you already requested a mail-in ballot, you are still able to submit it at a polling station, but it must be turned in on Election Day by 7 p.m. If you choose to return your ballot through the mail — after requesting a mail-in ballot — it must be received by your local election’s office by noon on Nov. 4. You can visit a polling location in person from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

4. Know when you can vote.

Election Day is Nov. 3. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Election Day for those voting in-person, and poll workers will allow anyone in line by 7 p.m. to vote.

5. Ask questions early.

Visit VoteAmerica.com for more information on registration or contact your local registrar.

Local Registrars

– ABBM stands for Application for Ballot By Mail
– FCPA stands for Federal Postcard Application


Bexar County:
• Lucy Adame-Clark, call (210) 335-2216
Submit your ABBM via email
Submit your FCPA via email

Dallas County:
• John F. Warren, (214) 653-7099
Submit your ABBM or FCPA via email

Harris County:
• Christopher G. Hollins, (713) 755-6411,
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Submit your ABBM or FCPA via email

Harrison County:
• Liz Whipkey, (903) 935-8403
Submit your ABBM or FCPA via email

Kaufman County:
• Laura Hughes, (972) 932-4331
Submit your ABBM or FCPA via email

Smith County:
• Karen Phillips, (903) 590-4670
Submit your ABBM or FCPA via email

Travis County:
• Dana DeBeauvoir, (512) 854-4996
Submit your ABBM or FCPA via email

Waller County:
• Debbie Hollan, (979) 826-7643
Submit your ABBM or FCPA via email

Wood County:
• Kelley Price, (903) 763-2711
Submit your ABBM via email
Submit your FCPA via email


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