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How to Vote in Texas, Step by Step

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1. Register

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