Requirements to vote:
18 years old on or by Election Day.
Resident of Texas and your county.
Not be a convicted felon (you may be eligible to vote if you have completed your sentence, probation, and parole).
Not be declared by a court exercising probate jurisdiction to be either totally mentally incapacitated or partially mentally incapacitated without the right to vote.
How do I register?
In the state of Texas, you can register to vote via mail or in person.
To register via mail, fill out this form and mail it to your local county voter registrar. You can find the form at: https://webservices.sos.state.tx.us/vrapp/index.asp. You can find your county registrar’s office here: https://www.sos.texas.gov/elections/voter/votregduties.shtml
You can also pick up a form from your local county registrar, public libraries, government offices, high schools, many post offices, Texas Department of Public Safety offices, and Texas Health and Human Services Commission offices.
For Harris County residents, there are also forms available in Chinese and Vietnamese. The form in Chinese can be found here: https://webservices.sos.state.tx.us/forms/vr17chinese.pdf. The form in Vietnamese can be found here: https://webservices.sos.state.tx.us/forms/vr17vietnamese.pdf
Your form must be postmarked 30 days before Election Day.
To register in person, go to your local county registrar’s office.
The deadline to register in person is 30 days before Election Day.
If you legally change your name or move to a new address, you must update your voter registration. If you change your name or move within your county, you can update your information by correcting your voter registration certificate and return it to your registrar, filling out a new form and checking the “change” box, changing the information at a DMV, or online at: https://txapps.texas.gov/tolapp/sos/SOSACManager.
If you move to a new county, you must re-register by filling out a new form and sending it to your new county registrar. If you are late to register in your new county, you may be able to vote a “limited” ballot. You may only vote this “limited” ballot after you have moved to your new residence, during the early voting period by personal appearance at the main early voting polling place or by mail and if:
You are a current registered voter in your former county.
You would be eligible to vote in your former county on Election Day, if you were still living in that county.
You have not re-registered in the new county, or, if you have re-registered, the effective date of the new registration will not be effective on or before Election day.
Can I pre-register?
You can register if you are 17 years and 10 months old and will be 18 by Election Day.