To vote in their local elections May 6, Texans must register to vote by April 6. Under Texas law, eligible voters must be registered by the 30th day before election day.

Many local governments across Texas are holding mayoral, city council and school board elections May 6. However, not all communities are holding elections, especially if their races are uncontested. Follow along with your local Community Impact team for more information on local elections.

Texans can register to vote or update their registration through their county’s voter registrar.

Registering to vote

According to the secretary of state’s office, Texans can register to vote if they:
  • Are a United States citizen;
  • Live in the county where they submit an application;
  • Will be at least 18 years old on election day;
  • Are not be a convicted felon (although felons may be allowed to vote after completing their sentence, probation and parole); and
  • Have not been deemed partially or totally mentally incapacitated without the right to vote by a probate court.
To register to vote, Texas residents can fill out an application online or request a printed application. All applications must be submitted to the voter’s local election office and postmarked by April 6.

Texans can also register to vote when renewing, replacing and changing the information on their Texas driver’s license or state identification card through the Texas Department of Public Safety.

Checking your registration

Texans can check their voter registration status here.

If a voter’s registration record is listed as “suspense,” their county of registration has been informed that they do not live there anymore. Voter registration information, including their name and address, can be updated here.

On May 6, voters must bring one of seven forms of identification to the polls. These include a Texas driver’s license, a Texas election ID certificate, a Texas personal ID card, a Texas handgun license, a U.S. citizenship certificate, a U.S. military ID card or a U.S. passport.

For more information about registration and voting in Texas, visit

“All eligible Texas voters should exercise their most sacred right by getting involved at the local level and casting a ballot in the upcoming May election, and that starts with getting registered by April 6th,” Secretary of State Jane Nelson said in a news release.