Election Day Voting Guide for 2016


HOUSTON – Early voting ended in Texas on Friday, Nov. 4, so if you want to cast your ballot in the 2016 general election you'll have to do so on Election Day - Tuesday, Nov. 8.

One of the big differences between early voting and voting on Election Day is where you can vote. During the early-voting period, you can go to any polling place. However, on Election Day, in Harris County, you must go to the polling place of the precinct where you are registered to vote. Other counties use voting centers, and allow people to cast their ballot at any center.

On Election Day, polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m.

Identification is required on Election Day, but it doesn't have to be a photo ID. Check below for a list of ID requirements.

To help answer your voting questions on Election Day, KPRC2 will host a phone bank by the League of Women Voters of Houston from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday. You can call 713-788-8920 with your voter questions.

Helpful links for Election Day:

Forms of required voter identification:

  • Texas driver license
  • Texas personal ID card issued by DPS
  • Texas Election Identification Certificate issued by DPS
  • U. S. military identification card containing the person's photograph
  • Texas license to carry a handgun issued by DPS
  • United States passport
  • United States citizenship certificate containing the person's photograph

If you do not possess or cannot obtain one of the above forms of idenfication, then you can fill out a declaration at the polls explaining why and bring one of the following supporting documents:

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

Click here for approved forms of voter ID.

Click here for a sample ballot for Harris County.

The League of Women Voters has also compiled a guide for voters:

View the English-language version

View the Spanish-language version

More helpful links:

Fort Bend County voting information

Montgomery County voting information

Galveston County voting information

Brazoria County voting information

Chambers County voting information

Liberty County voting information

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