Everything you should know about registering to vote for November local elections in Texas

Local and state elections are approaching. Early voting begins Oct. 23, and Election Day is Nov. 7. Here is what you need to know about registering to vote before going to the polls.

What is the deadline to register to vote for the Nov. 7 election?
Tuesday, Oct. 10

What are the requirements?
You must be:

  • a United States citizen;

  • a resident of the county in which you submit the application;

  • at least 17 years and 10 months of age;

  • not a convicted felon (unless you have completed your sentence including any incarceration, probation or parole); and

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

How do I know if I am already registered?
You can check your registration status on your county's or the Texas Secretary of State's website. Look here for Williamson County, Travis County and Hays County.

You will need your name, county of residence, date of birth, your voter registration certificate number or your Texas Driver's License number.

What if I have moved since registering?
If you have moved within your county of residence, you can change your address online here. If you have moved to a new county, you must complete a new voter registration application here and mail it into your new county's voter registrar.

You can find out who your new county's voter registrar is here.

How do I register if I am not already registered?
You can register in person at your county's voter registrar's office. In most Texas counties, this office is located at the Tax Assessor-Collector's office.

You can also register by mail by obtaining an application from your county registrar's office or pick up applications from libraries, government offices or high schools. You can also fill out the application online, print it off and mail it to your registrar's office.

What kind of identification will I need when I go to vote?
You can use one of the following forms of photo identification when voting:

  • Texas Driver's License, current or expired no more than four years;

  • Texas personal identification card, current or expired no more than four years;

  • Texas Election Identification Certificate, current or expired no more than four years;

  • U.S. military identification card, current or expired no more than four years;

  • Texas license to carry, current or expired no more than four years;

  • U.S. passport, current or expired no more than four years; or

  • U.S. citizenship certificate containing a photo.

If you do not possess one of these documents, you can fill out a declaration at the polls explaining why not and bring one of these supporting documents to prove your identity:

  • valid voter registration certificate;

  • certified birth certificate, must be an original);

  • copy of or original bank statement;

  • copy of or original government check or paycheck;

  • copy of or original current utility bill; and

  • copy of or original government document with your name and address (an original will be required if it contains a photograph).

If you have neither an accepted photo ID nor a supporting document, you will be allowed to vote provisionally. In this case, you will have six days following the election to bring an acceptable document to the voter registrar.

Voters with documented disabilities who have not obtained one of the approved photo IDs can apply with the county voter registrar for a permanent exemption to the rule.