Voter Registration Q&A

AUSTIN - The deadline to register to vote in the May 9 election is approaching. Below are some questions and answers from Texas Secretary of State Hope Andrade regarding voter registration:

When is the deadline to register to vote in the May 9 election?

The deadline to register is Thursday, April 9.  Applications that are mailed must be postmarked no later than April 9.

How do I register to vote?

Simply fill out a voter registration application and mail or hand deliver it to your county Voter Registrar's office by the April 9 deadline.

Where do I get a voter registration application?

You may obtain an application from your county elections office, many post offices, libraries, or from the Secretary of State's voter information Web site:

Who is eligible to vote?

To register to vote, you must be a resident of the county in which you wish to vote, a United States citizen, at least 18 years old on Election Day, not a convicted felon (unless sentence, probation, and/or parole have been completed), and not declared mentally incapacitated by a court of law.

What identification will I need to provide to register to vote?

To register to vote in Texas you must provide a Texas driver license number or personal identification number issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety. If you don't have such a number, simply provide the last four digits of your social security number. If you don't have a social security number, you need to state that fact.  If you do not have one of these three identification numbers, you are still eligible to register to vote, but will be required to provide proof of your identity at the polling place.

When will I get my voter registration card?

After you apply, a voter registration certificate (your proof of registration) will be mailed to you within 30 days.  Check your certificate to be sure all information is correct. If there is a mistake, make corrections and return it to the Voter Registrar immediately.