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Voter Registration

DON'T WASTE YOUR RIGHT TO VOTE

Eligibility to Vote

To be eligible to register to vote in Texas, a person must be:
  • A United States citizen
  • A resident of the Texas county in which application for registration is made
  • At least 18 years old on Election Day
  • Not finally convicted of a felony, or, if so convicted must have (1) fully discharged the sentence, including any term of incarceration, parole, or supervision, or completed a period of probation ordered by any court; OR (2) been pardoned or otherwise released from the resulting disability to vote; and
  • Not determined by a final judgment of a court exercising probate jurisdiction to be (1) totally mentally incapacitated; or (2) partially mentally incapacitated without the right to vote.

When to Register

  • Register NOW! Applications are accepted at any time throughout the year.
  • Your registration form MUST be in the Registar's Office, or postmarked if mailed, no later than 30 days prior to the day of the election in which you wish to vote.

How to Register

  • Postage paid applications are available at City Hall, City Libraries, US Post Offices, Texas Drivers License Bureau, Dallas County Elections Department (214-819-6300), or online as detailed below.
  • Your spouse, parent, or child may register for you if the relative is a qualified voter.
  • Students may register and vote in the county they declare as their permanent residence (i.e. parent's residence, college they are attending)
  • Complete the application, being sure to sign and date at the bottom of the form. Fold, seal, and send to the Voter Registrar for the county in which you live. To find the correct city and zipcode for the elections registrar in your county, click here. Dallas County residents should mail or take to:
Dallas County Elections Administrator
2377 North Stemmons Frwy, Suite 820
Dallas, TX 75207

NOTE

ENTER YOUR NAME ON THE VOTER REGISTRATION FORM EXACTLY AS SHOWN ON YOUR TEXAS DRIVERS LICENSE! By doing so, you will immediately satisfy the Texas Voter ID Law and will not encounter a problem when you go to vote.

Maintaining Registration

Maintain your voter registration by:

VOTE! Vote in all elections. This is the best and simplest way.

If you move within the same county, go to the Secretary of State's web site and change your address online or promptly notify the County Voter Registrar, in writing, of your new address by:

  • Correcting your current voter registration certificate on the back and returning it to the County Voter Registrar;
  • Filling out a new voter registration application form and checking the "change" box; or
  • Making simultaneous changes to your driver's license and voter registration when you apply for, or update, your driver's license.
    You will receive a new certificate with your new address. You will be able to vote in your new precinct 30 days after your change of address is submitted. If you miss the deadline (30 days before an election), you may vote in your former precinct as long as you still reside in the political subdivision conducting the election.

If you move to another county, you must re-register! You will need to fill out a new application and mail it, or take it in person, to the Voter Registrar of your new county. You may not register online if you move from one county to another. You will be registered 30 days after your application is submitted and will receive a new certificate in the mail.
After changing residence to another county, a person may be eligible to vote a "limited" ballot in his/her new county of residence on candidates or issues common to the old and new counties. A "limited" ballot may be voted only during early voting by personal appearance or by mail (not on Election Day) if:
  • the person would have been eligible to vote in the county of former residence on Election Day if still residing in that county;
  • the person is registered to vote in the county of former residence at the time the person offers to vote in the county of new residence; and
  • a voter registration for the person in the county of new residence is not effective on or before Election Day.

If your name changes, you should promptly notify the County Voter Registrar, in writing, of the name change using the same steps as provided above for If you move within the same county. You will receive a new certificate 30 days after your name change notice is submitted. You may continue to vote during this period. If you do not have your certificate in hand, you may sign an affidavit at the polls and present a form of identification.

Complete registration details can be reviewed by visiting Texas Secretary of State Texas Voting site

New voter registration certificates are mailed every even-numbered years (i.e. 2016, 2018)and are not forwarded.

Online Registration Form

To go to the Texas Secretary of State web-site where you will find directions for completing, printing, and mailing a registration form, Click