Since any registered voter may vote early in person, many Texans vote early. Texas enables residents to vote in the days and weeks before an election to make the voting process more convenient and accessible. There are two ways to vote early: by showing up in person during the prescribed early voting period or by voting by mail.
Vote Early in Person
Generally, early voting in person begins the 17th day before Election Day (if that’s a weekend, early voting starts on Monday) and ends the 4th day before Election Day.
(EXCEPTION: Early voting for elections held in May starts the 12th day before Election Day and ends on the 4th day before Election Day.)
Vote at a location in your political subdivision that’s close to where you live or work. All other voting rules and procedures apply – e.g., eligibility, identification, polling hours.
- WHAT DO I NEED IN ORDER TO VOTE BY THE NEW PHOTO ID LAW?
To vote, all registered voters are now required to present an approved form of photo identification in order to vote in all Texas Elections. For more information on acceptable forms of identifications, CLICK HERE.
- WHAT IS CURBSIDE VOTING?
This service is available to any voter who has difficulty walking or standing for long periods. If you have an assistant with you, when you arrive at the polling location, have them notify the election official at that time. The election official will then bring your ballot to your car outside the polling location. If you do not have an assistant, please call (512) 581-7160 ahead to notify the election clerk that you want to vote curb side.
STEP-BY-STEP INSTRUCTIONS FOR VOTING USING A PAPER BALLOT
- When you walk into the polling place, hand the poll worker one of the seven (7) approved forms of photo ID, unless you are a voter with a permanent exemption on your voter registration certificate. After you’ve been qualified to vote and signed the combination form, pick up a ballot from the table and proceed to the next available voting booth.
- Read the directions carefully at the top of the ballot, and then mark your selections using the indelible marker or pen (a marker or pen that cannot be erased) provided to you. For more information on how to properly mark your ballot, CLICK HERE.
- When you’re finished, place the voted ballot in the ballot box.
Visit our Upcoming Elections page for information about specific upcoming elections.