Deadline to register to vote in May 1 election approaches for Dallas-Fort Worth area

Early voting kicks off April 19 and runs through April 27 for May 1 local elections. (Liesbeth Powers/Community Impact Newspaper)
Early voting kicks off April 19 and runs through April 27 for May 1 local elections. (Liesbeth Powers/Community Impact Newspaper)

Early voting kicks off April 19 and runs through April 27 for May 1 local elections. (Liesbeth Powers/Community Impact Newspaper)

Texas residents planning to cast votes in the May 1 election have until April 1 to register to vote. Those who have had recent name or address changes have the same deadline to update their voter registration status.

Voters in Collin, Denton, Tarrant and Dallas counties will be selecting candidates in local municipal, school district and higher education races as well as voting on any related propositions. Early voting kicks off April 19 and runs through April 27.

Citizens can confirm their voter registration status on the Texas secretary of state’s website or on a local county election website.

Registration eligibility laws require applicants to:

  • be a United States citizen;

  • be a resident of the county where you submit the application;

  • be at least 17 years and 10 months old, and be 18 years of age on election day;

  • not be a convicted felon (with possible exceptions for completed sentences, probation and parole); and

  • not have been declared by a court exercising probate jurisdiction to be either totally mentally incapacitated or partially mentally incapacitated without the right to vote.

Those who have not yet registered to vote have several options, per the secretary of state's office:

  • Complete an application using the secretary of state's online voter registration application. Fill in the required information, print, sign and mail directly to the local county election office. Completed applications can be mailed at least 30 days prior to the election.

  • Request a printed application. The secretary of state's office will mail a voter registration application to the address provided.

  • Contact or visit the local voter registrar to complete the voter registration process.

For information on voting locations, sample ballots and other important information leading up to election day, visit these county election pages:

By Liesbeth Powers
Liesbeth graduated from Baylor University with a degree in new media journalism in December 2018. She gained her newspaper experience as a staff writer and multimedia editor at her campus paper, The Baylor Lariat. Liesbeth joined the Community Impact team in August 2019, where she reports on all things Plano and Richardson, including Plano City Council and Dallas Area Rapid Transit.


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