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How to Vote in Texas, Step by Step


1. Register

Pick up a Texas voter registration application at your local public library, any government office, or get one 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.

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 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 and Harris County polling locations. Early voting is also available in Galveston and Harris counties. 

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. See Galveston County or Harris County forms of ID

If you do not have one of the 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. 


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