Frequently Asked Questions
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What are my voting rights?
As a voter, you have rights! According to the Texas Secretary of State’s website, you have the right to:
Am I eligible to vote?
According to the Texas Secretary of State, to vote in the upcoming election submit your application at least 30 days before the election date. You are eligible to vote if you are:
Read more here: Texas Secretary of State Website
How do I register to vote?
Find out if you are registered to vote here.
If you are not registered to vote, check out Harris County’s Tax Assessor Collector’s Website here for directions to register.
Can I get time off from work to vote?
According to the Texas Workforce Commission: Although there is no specified time limit, employees have at least two hours off to vote on an election day (unless they have already voted under early voting procedures). Such time off needs to be paid to the extent that it cuts into the employee’s normal working hours. Such time off does not need to be paid if the two hours are available outside of normal working hours. If the time is taken off from mandatory overtime, the time off should be paid at the rate that would have applied to the time so missed. If the time is taken off from optional overtime voluntarily requested by the employee, the time off does not need to be paid, since the time off would be outside of normal working hours and is time that the employee voluntarily chose to spend working rather than voting. Read more here: Texas Workforce Commission
Am I eligible to vote by mail?
To be eligible to vote early by mail in Texas, you must:
Instructions for submitting an Application for Ballot by Mail (“ABBM”): Address and mail the completed ABBM to the Early Voting Clerk. You may also fax the application if a fax machine is available in the early voting clerk’s office. You also have the option of submitting a scanned copy of the completed and signed application to the Early Voting Clerk via email.
County Clerk Stan Stanart P.O. Box 1148, Houston 77251-1148 (713) 755-6965 FAX: (713) 755-4983
Military and overseas voters are welcome to use the regular registration and early voting by mail process available to all voters away from their home county on Election Day. However, there are also special provisions for military and overseas voters.
For more information, please read the Early Voting in Texas pamphlet.
Do I need to show my ID to vote?
To vote in person, you must present a form of government issues identification. According to the Secretary of State, A voter who has not been issued a driver’s license or social security number may register to vote, but such voter must submit proof of identification when presenting himself/herself for voting or with his/her mail-in ballots, if voting by mail. These voters’ names are flagged on the official voter registration list with the annotation of “ID.” The “ID” notation instructs the poll worker to request a proper form of identification from these voters when they present themselves for voting, unless they are a voter with a permanent exemption on the voter registration certificate. The voter must present one of the seven (7) acceptable forms of identification:
For details and more information on what forms of ID are acceptable, please click [here](http://www.votetexas.gov/register-to-vote/need-id.html).
Can anybody vote in the Democratic primary?
During the primary election, you have the choice to vote in either the Republican or Democratic primary. The choice in primary that you make will determine the party primary in which you’ll vote in case of a run-off.
If you vote in the Republican party primary, you are eligible to vote only in the Republican party run-off.
If you vote in the Democratic party primary, you are eligible to vote only in the Democratic party run-off.
If you did not vote during the primary elections, you are eligible to choose either the Republican or Democratic party runoff in which to vote.
Where do I vote and when are polls open?
Generally, polls are open from 8am to 6pm the week of Early Voting. On that Saturday, polling places are open from 7am to 7pm and on Sunday from 1pm to 6pm.
During Election Day, polls will be open from 7 AM to 7 PM. To receive up-to-date information on poll schedules, read more about Early Voting at Harris County Clerk’s Election Division Website and review your polling location here.
How do I find my polling place?
You are welcome to vote at any voting location during Early Voting. On Election Day, you should visit your designated voting location. To search for your polling location to vote on Election Day, click here.