Look, we know Texas contains multitudes. Queso and brisket and big hats but also Ted Cruz. What a melange! Time to add big-time voting state to the mix this year. You literally have a lot of ground to cover so here's what you need to know to be a voter in the Lone Star State. Texas is holding its statewide primary and general elections on March 1 and November 8, respectively. Local elections will be taking place on May 7 as well. (Source: Ballot Ready)

Be A Voter

Key Dates

Jan 31

Primary Election Registration Deadline

Feb 18

Primary Vote By Mail Request Deadline

Feb 14 – Feb 25

Early Voting (Primary)

Mar 1

Primary Vote By Mail Return Deadline (in person, March 3 by mail)

Mar 1

Primary Election

May 7

Local Elections

Nov 8

General Election

Texas Voter Guide

  • How do I make sure I'm registered to vote?

    We're working with Vote.org to make this as easy as possible for you, so don't fuck it up.

    register here
  • Can I register the same day I want to vote?

    Sadly, no. So do it now! Then reward yourself with a cookie.

    register now
  • Do I have to be registered as a Democrat or Republican to vote in my primary?

    Nope! Texas voters do not register by party and do not need to be formally affiliated with a political party in order to vote in its primary.

  • Can I vote by mail?

    No. But there are exceptions that will allow you to vote absentee. Learn if you can do that here.

    TX Secretary of State Website
  • Can I vote early?

    Yes! You can vote between Feb. 14th-Feb 25th!

  • Do I need an ID?

    Yes, yes you do. A Texas driver's license, Texas election ID certificate, state personal ID card, handgun license, military ID card, US passport, US citizenship certificate, voter registration certificate, certified birth certificate, utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, or government document will work. Get all the info you need below from VoteRiders.

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  • Get your absentee ballot here!

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  • Need to show Voter ID? Not sure what kind? Get the specifics in your state here.

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