If you have not registered to vote, the deadline for the November election is only a few weeks away. We’ve put collectively this voter information with essential info.
HOUSTON — You’ll be listening to lots concerning the November election within the coming weeks because the countdown to Election Day is in full drive. There are a number of essential native and state races on the poll, together with the nationwide battles to find out which celebration will management Congress.
If you need your voice heard on this midterm election, there are some important dates and deadlines arising quickly that it’s essential add to your calendar.
- U.S. citizen
- Harris County resident
- At least 17 years and 10 months of age (To vote, you should be 18).
- Have not been declared completely mentally incapacitated or partially mentally incapacitated with out the correct to vote by a closing judgment of a court docket exercising probate jurisdiction
- Haven’t been convicted of a felony except you have totally accomplished your sentence — together with parole or supervision and/or probation — or been pardoned
Key dates for November election
Here are the important thing dates for the election.
Oct. 11: Last day to register to vote in November
Oct. 24: First day of early voting
Oct. 28: Application to use for mail-in poll should be acquired, not simply postmarked.
Nov. 4: Last day of early voting
Nov. 8: Election Day; mail-in ballots should be acquired by 7 p.m. or by 5 p.m. on Nov. 9 if they’re postmarked by 7 p.m. on Nov. 8.
How do I test if I’m registered to vote?
Anyone can test their registration in lower than two minutes at vote.org. All you want is your title, handle, date of beginning and electronic mail handle. It’s actually that straightforward.
Specifically for Harris County, you possibly can confirm your voter registration info on HarrisVotes.org. Simply click on on “Voter Registration,” then choose “Voter Registration Search.” By inputting your title or handle, you’ll find your voter registration file.
How to get a voter registration application
There are a couple of choices to get an application to register to vote. If you have moved, it’s essential register within the county the place you presently reside at the very least 30 days earlier than Election Day to vote in that county.
You can get an application from Harris County by emailing [email protected] You want to incorporate a mailing handle and cellphone quantity in your electronic mail. For ballots in English, Spanish, Vietnamese or Chinese, it’s also possible to name 713-274-8200.
For different counties, test your native election web site (hyperlinks posted beneath) or request an application from the Texas election website.
You can even decide up an application at your native put up office, library, highschool, Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS), Texas Health and Human Services Commission and different authorities workplaces.
If you are undecided you are registered you possibly can test the Texas Secretary of State’s website.
Who can vote by mail in Texas?
If you propose to vote by mail, you could meet sure standards to qualify.
- You are 65 years or older on Election Day
- You are sick or disabled
- You might be out of Harris County through the early voting interval and on Election Day
- You are anticipated to provide beginning inside three weeks earlier than or after Election Day.
- You are confined in jail, however in any other case eligible
During the March Primary, practically 7,000 mail-in ballots had been rejected. The numbers had been higher in May, however in November, extra individuals are more likely to vote.
The Harris County Elections Office says adjustments had been made to make the method simpler and hopefully in the reduction of on the variety of rejected ballots.
RELATED: Changes make vote-by-mail course of slightly simpler in Harris County
While the county is making an attempt to simplify the method, the state has made it tougher, in accordance with Director of Communications and Voter Outreach at Harris County Elections Leah Shah stated.
“You’re now required to fill out a Texas ID quantity or the final 4 digits of your Social Security Number. That was not beforehand a requirement,” Shah stated.
RELATED: More than 12% of mail-in ballots had been rejected in Texas beneath new GOP voting guidelines, closing tally exhibits
If you’ve any questions concerning the mail-in poll course of click here.
Voter ID necessities
If you have confirmed you’re registered, however do not have or by no means acquired your voter registration card, here is what it’s essential know. Under Texas regulation, voters can use one of many seven acceptable forms of photograph identification on the polls when voting in individual.
- Texas driver’s license issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS)
- Texas election identification certificates issued by DPS
- Texas personal identification card issued by DPS
- Texas handgun license issued by DPS
- United States Military ID card with photograph
- United States citizenship certificates with photograph
- United States passport (ebook or card)
Voters who do not have and cannot “reasonably obtain” one of many seven authorized types of photograph ID could fill out a (*8*) on the polls and current an alternate type of ID, reminiscent of a utility invoice, financial institution assertion, authorities test or a voter registration certificates.
Sample ballots and polling locations
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