Early Voting

What will I need in order to vote in person on election day or during early voting?


When a voter arrives at a polling location, the voter will be asked to present one of the seven (7) acceptable forms of photo ID (listed below). Election officials are required by current State law to determine whether the voter’s name on the identification provided matches the name on the official list of registered voters (“OLRV”). After a voter presents their ID, the election worker will compare it to the OLRV. If the name on the ID matches the name on the list of registered voters, the voter will follow the regular procedures for voting.

If the name does not match exactly but is “substantially similar” to the name on the OLRV, the voter will be permitted to vote as long as the voter signs a simple affidavit stating that the voter is the same person on the list of registered voters.

If a voter does not have proper identification, the voter will still be permitted to vote provisionally. The voter will have until the 6th (the sixth) day after election day to present proper identification to the county voter registrar, or the voter’s provisional ballot will be rejected.

Here is a list of the acceptable forms of photo ID:

  • Texas driver license issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS)
  • Texas Election Identification Certificate issued by DPS
  • Texas personal identification card issued by DPS
  • Texas license to carry a handgun issued by DPS
  • United States military identification card containing the person’s photograph
  • United States citizenship certificate containing the person’s photograph
  • United States passport

With the exception of the U.S. citizenship certificate, the identification must be current or have expired no more than 60 days before being presented for voter qualification at the polling place.

Who is eligible to vote early? What are the dates for voting early in person?


Any registered voter may vote early by personal appearance (in person). Early voting by personal appearance for the November 8, 2016 Election begins on October 24, 2016 and ends on November 4, 2016. You may vote at any early voting location in your county of registration.

Where do I go to vote?


You will be able to find early voting locations by using our search site Am I Registered?, which will be populated with voting sites a few days before early voting begins. Or, you may want to contact the Early Voting Clerk for State and County Elections in your county. Also, many newspapers publish early voting and election day polling locations, so you might be able to find the information there.

Can anybody vote early by mail (also referred to as “absentee voting”)?

Only specific reasons entitle a registered voter to vote early by mail (no longer called absentee voting). You may request a ballot by mail if you:
  1. will be away from your county on Election Day and during the hours that early voting is conducted;
  2. are sick or disabled;
  3. are 65 years of age or older on Election Day; or
  4. are confined in jail.

I fall under one of the 4 reasons above. What do I do now? Are there deadlines connected with this procedure?


First, request an Application for Ballot by Mail (ABBM) from the Early Voting Clerk in the political subdivision conducting your election, or from our office. You may also print an ABBM directly from our website (PDF), (Spanish version (PDF). Once received, read the instructions carefully, complete the ABBM form and return it to the Early Voting Clerk. For the November 8, 2016 Election date, the last day to apply for an ABBM to the early voting clerk is October 28, 2016; in order for you to receive a ballot by mail; the last day (or deadline) to submit an ABBM (not a postmark date) must be received in the office of the early voting clerk by November 8, Election Day.

Can anyone vote early, or only those people who are going to be out of town on Election Day? What are the dates for voting early in person?

Any registered voter may vote early in person. To vote early by mail, you must first complete an Application for Ballot by Mail (PDF). For complete details, refer to our section "Early Voting."
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