Am I eligible to vote?

To register in Texas you must: 

  • be a citizen of the United States
  • be a resident of the county in which the application for registration is made 
  • be at least 17 years and 10 months old (you must be 18 to vote) 
  • not be finally convicted of a felony, or if a convicted felon, you must have fully discharged your punishment, including any incarceration, parole, supervision, period of probation or be pardoned
  • have not been declared mentally incompetent by final judgment of a court of law

You can register to vote, check your registration and update your registration by visiting Register2Vote.org

For the November 2020 General Election, your registration must be postmarked by October 5.

Where do I vote on Election Day?

You are now allowed to vote at ANY Dallas County polling location on Election Day. Polls will be open from 7AM to 7PM. The list of Election Day Election Center locations will be available closer to November 3.

Do I need to bring anything?

Yes! Don't forget to bring your photo ID. Here is a list of the acceptable forms of photo ID:

  • Texas Driver License issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS)
  • Texas Election Identification Certificate issued by DPS
  • Texas Personal Identification Card issued by DPS
  • Texas Handgun License issued by DPS
  • United States Military Identification Card containing the person’s photograph
  • United States Citizenship Certificate containing the person’s photograph
  • United States Passport (book or card)

With the exception of the U.S. Citizenship Certificate, which does not expire, for voters aged 18-69, the acceptable form of photo identification may be expired no more than four years before being presented for voter qualification at the polling place. For voters aged 70 or older, the acceptable form of photo identification may be expired for any length of time if the identification is otherwise valid.

If you cannot reasonably obtain any of the forms of acceptable photo ID, below is a list of the supporting forms of ID that can be presented.

  • copy or original of a government document that shows the voter’s name and an address, including the voter’s voter registration certificate; 
  • copy of or original current utility bill; 
  • copy of or original bank statement; 
  • copy of or original government check; 
  • copy of or original paycheck; or  
  • copy of or original of (a) a certified domestic (from a U.S. state or territory) birth certificate or (b) a document confirming birth admissible in a court of law which establishes the voter’s identity (which may include a foreign birth document).

After presenting one of the forms of supporting ID listed above, you will have to sign a Reasonable Impediment Declaration.

Why the requirement for Voter Photo ID?

After their sweeping state house victories in 2010, the Republican legislature passed this photo ID requirement as part of a nationwide effort to discourage voting, especially by the poor, the elderly, the young, and people of color which they perceive as more likely to vote Democratic, and somewhat less likely to have these prescribed forms of photo ID.

This effort to disenfranchise voters is unfair, but it is important to be aware of the rule. If you plan to vote on Election Day, be sure to check you have at least one of the accepted forms of identification listed above.

What if the name on my ID doesn't match my registration? 

Thanks to an amendment offered back in 2011 by Senator Wendy Davis, once you are at your polling location, if your name on your photo ID does not match exactly, but is “substantially similar”, you will be allowed to vote a regular ballot after you initial a small box next to your name. That means you’re verifying that you are the voter pictured in the ID and in the registered voters list.

Examples include, “substantially similar” could mean Joe for Joseph, Kam for Kamala, or Mary Jennings for MJ. If you have any issues voting, please contact us immediately at 214-821-8331.

I'm so ready to vote now! Who am I voting for?

The 2020 General Election is the first election without the option to cast a straight party ballot. Instead, you will have to select the Democrat in each race individually. Texas Republicans took this right away from you because they think it will help them win races, create longer lines, and leave voters confused. Don't let them be right by remembering "Don't stop at the top. Vote for EVERY Democrat!" You can find the complete list of the 2020 Democratic Nominees here.