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Election 2020

Election 2020 information, Galveston County polling places, times and more.

How to Vote in Texas, Step by Step

""1. Register

Pick up a voter registration application at your local public library, any government office, or fill one out online. Mail your completed application to the Voter Registrar in your county. Upon acceptance, your voter registration will be effective 30 days from registration. Galveston County or Harris County voter registration contact information.

2. Find Your Precinct

You’ll be mailed a voter registration certificate or card with your name, address, and the number of the precinct in which you’ll vote. (A precinct is a geographic area in your county.) Galveston County (PDF) and Harris County precincts. 

3. Find Your Polling Location

Check your local newspaper on the Saturday before the election for the address of the polling place for your precinct and, on election day, arrive there between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. to cast your ballot. Galveston County (not yet published) and Harris County polling locations. 

4. Show Your ID

Unless you are a voter with a permanent exemption on your voter registration certificate, show your approved form of photo identification to the election official.

If you do not possess one of the seven (7) acceptable forms of photo identification and cannot obtain one due to a reasonable impediment, show a supporting form of identification to the election official and execute a Reasonable Impediment Declaration. Depending on the type of voting machine they use, they’ll provide you with a paper ballot or, for an electronic voting machine, a number or ballot activator card that enables you to vote on the machine. 

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Get Galveston County info about election dates, sample ballots, polling locations, vote centers, results and more. Available for iOS and Android.

Voting FAQs

1. What is my voting precinct?

Your precinct number is printed on the front of your voter registration certificate. If you do not know your voter registration or precinct number, you may verify your status with the Voter Registar’s office or by calling 409-766-2280 or you can go to the You Count Texas website, input your driver's license or other information and find out if you are registered and retrieve your precinct.

2. What ID do I need to vote?

Registered voters can vote with a voter registration card, driver’s license or any official photo ID, birth certificate, United States citizenship papers or passport, a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement or other official document that shows the name and address of the voter. Check here for the latest on ID required.

3. What if I'm a first time voter? 

If you are a first-time voter in Galveston County who registered to vote by mail and did not previously provide a copy of ID, you must show a form of ID other than a Voter Registration Certificate before voting. Find out about registering to vote in Texas or the Galveston County Voter Registration Application (PDF).

4. What if I'm a student voting away from home?

If you’re attending a college or university away from home, you can vote early by mail if you claimed as your primary residence the address where you live while not attending school – in other words, where a parent or guardian lives.

To request that an early voting ballot be sent to the address where you are physically planning to be at election time (e.g.,at school), you must fill out an
early voting ballot request application. (PDF)