Here's how to register to vote in Texas

By Aaron Barker - Senior Digital Editor
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HOUSTON - If you’re not a registered voter, there's not much time left if you want to vote in the midterm election.

Texas law requires that voters be registered by Oct. 9 if they want to vote on Nov. 6. Early voting starts Oct. 22.

There are several voter registration events happening across the area Tuesday. Click here and enter your ZIP code to find one near you.

Registering to vote is free. You must be a United States citizen and be 17 years and 10 months of age on the date you apply.

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How do I register to vote?

You can head to your county’s Voter Registrar’s Office. Usually, these are located in the same place as the Tax Assessor-Collector’s Office for your county. However, some counties register voters through the county clerk or the elections administrator. Click here for a list of registration offices by county.

You can also download an informal application from the Texas Secretary of State’s Office and mail it to your voter registration office. Click here for information about that process.

If you have any questions about registering to vote, you should contact the office responsible for that in your county. Click here for a list of registration offices by county.

What do I need to register?

Anyone who registers to vote in Texas must provide a Texas driver’s license number or personal identification number issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety. If you don’t have either of those, you can provide the last four digits of your Social Security number. If you don’t have a Social Security number, you should state that on your application.

Click here for more information about eligibility requirements.

Click here for more information about identification requirements.

How do I know if I’m already registered?

First, you should have received a voter registration card in the mail within 30 days of your application. That card will include important information, like your precinct number and the districts and municipalities in which you can vote.

It looks something like this:

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If you can’t find your card, you can search for your information on the Texas Secretary of State’s website. Click here to access the search form.

What will I be voting on?

It’s a midterm election, meaning there are officials up for election from the federal level all the way down to the local level – from Congress to state to city council. You will also have some local issues to decide.

You can obtain a sample ballot from the county clerk's office in your county. Click here to find your sample ballot in Harris County.

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