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Upcoming Elections in Texas

2016 Election Dates and Deadlines

May 6,2017 - Uniform Election Date
Absentee Ballot Begins: First Day to Apply for Ballot by Mail January 1,2017
Voter Registration Ends: Last Day to Register to Vote April 6,2017
Early Voting/In Person Absentee voting starts: First Day of Early Voting By Personal Appearance April 24,2017
Absentee Ballot Request deadline - By Mail: Last Day to Apply for Ballot by Mail April 25,2017
Early Voting/In Person Absentee voting ends: Last Day of Early Voting By Personal Appearance May 2,2017
Absentee Ballot return deadline - By Mail: Last day to Receive Ballot by Mail (election day) at 7:00 p.m. (unless overseas deadline applies) May 6,2017
November 7,2017 - Uniform Election Date
Absentee Ballot Request deadline - By Mail: First Day to Apply for Ballot by Mail January 1,2017
Voter Registration Ends: Last Day to Register to Vote October 10,2017
Early Voting/In Person Absentee voting starts: First Day of Early Voting October 23,2017
Absentee Ballot Request deadline - By Mail: Last Day to Apply for Ballot by Mail October 27,2017
Early Voting/In Person Absentee voting ends: Last Day of Early Voting November 3,2017
Absentee Ballot return deadline - By Mail: Last day to Receive Ballot by Mail (election day) at 7:00 p.m. (unless overseas deadline applies) November 7,2017
Mayoral Elections and Others
  • Bryan Mayoral Election - Current Mayor: Jason P. Bienski - Population(76,201)
  • Burleson Mayoral Election - Current Mayor: Ken Shetter - Population(36,690)
  • College Station Mayoral Election - Current Mayor: Nancy Berry - Population(93,857)
  • Corpus Christi Mayoral Election - Current Mayor: Nelda Martinez - Population(305,215)
  • Edinburg Mayoral Election - Current Mayor: Richard H. Garcia - Population(77,100)
  • Midland Mayoral Election - Current Mayor: Jerry Morales - Population(111,147)
  • Odessa Mayoral Election - Current Mayor: David Turner - Population(99,940)
  • Pflugerville Mayoral Election - Current Mayor: Jeff Coleman - Population(46,936)
  • San Marcos Mayoral Election - Current Mayor: Daniel Guerrero - Population(44,894)
  • Schertz Mayoral Election - Current Mayor: Michael R. Carpenter - Population(31,465)
  • Socorro Mayoral Election - Current Mayor: Jesus Ruiz - Population(32,693)
  • Texarkana Mayoral Election - Current Mayor: Bob Bruggeman - Population(36,411)
  • Weslaco Mayoral Election - Current Mayor: David Suarez - Population(36,846)
  • Wichita Falls Mayoral Election - Current Mayor: Glenn Barham - Population(104,553)
November 8, 2016
  • Electoral College Election
December 19, 2016

Can I Take Time Off For Voting? Yes

Employees must be given time to vote without any penalty if polls are not open for 2 consecutive hours outside the employee's work day.

Voting At The Polls On Election Day

Required Identification for Voting in Person

On August 10, 2016, a federal district court entered an order changing the voter identification requirements for all elections held in Texas after August 10, 2016 until further notice. As a result, voters who possess an acceptable form of photo identification for voting listed below are still required to present it in order to vote in person in all Texas elections. The acceptable form of photo identification may be expired up to four years. Voters who do not possess an acceptable form of photo identification and cannot obtain one of the forms of acceptable photo identification listed below due to a reasonable impediment, may present a supporting form of identification and execute a Reasonable Impediment Declaration, noting the voter’s reasonable impediment to obtaining an acceptable form of photo identification, and stating that the voter is the same person on the presented supporting form of identification.

Texas voters must show a photo ID to vote in elections in Texas, unless you are exempt

  • 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 license to carry a handgun 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

With the exception of the U.S. citizenship certificate, the identification must be current or have expired no more than 4 years before being presented for voter qualification at the polling place. Election Identification Certificates are available from DPS driver license offices during regular business hours

Here is a list of the supporting forms of ID that can be presented if the voter does not possess one of the forms of acceptable photo ID and cannot obtain one due to a reasonable impediment:

  • Valid voter registration certificate
  • Certified birth certificate (must be an original)
  • Copy of or original current utility bill
  • Copy of or original bank statement
  • Copy of or original government check
  • Copy of or original paycheck
  • Copy of or original government document with your name and an address (original required if it contains a photograph)

After presenting a supporting form of ID, the voter must execute a Reasonable Impediment Declaration.

Learn more about Voting at the Polls on Election Day

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Poll Hours: 7:00 AM-7:00 PM

Sec. 41.031. VOTING HOURS.: Except as provided by Section 41.033, the polls shall be opened at 7 a.m. for voting and shall be closed at 7 p.m. A voter who has not voted before the time for closing the polls is entitled to vote after that time if the voter is inside or waiting to enter the polling place at 7 p.m.

How can I find my polling location?

If you do not know where your polling place is,you can use team1.sos.state.tx.us to find your polling location.To do a polling place search, you may select one of three methods: search by: 1. your Texas driver's license number, if you provided it when you applied for voter registration; 2. your Voter Unique Identifier (VUID),which appears on your voter registration certificate; or 3. your first and last name

Am I eligible To Vote in Texas?

Most States require citizens to be registered in order to vote. Make sure you understand the voter registration requirements of your State of residence. Check if you are eligible to vote in Texas

How/Where Do I Register To Vote in Texas?

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What's on Texas ballot in 2016

Do you know what you are voting for in 2016? Click here to see what will be on the statewide and local ballots

Who Can Vote in Primaries in Texas?

Primary elections are one means by which a political party nominates candidates for the next general election. Check if you are eligible to vote in Primary Elections in Texas

Can I Register To Vote At The Polls On Election Day?

Do you know if Texas if one of the States that allow voters to register at the polls on Election day? Click here for more information

Am I eligible To Vote Absentee Ballot in Texas?

Most States allow voters to vote using an absentee ballot under certain circumstances. Do you know if you are eligible to vote absentee ballot and how to vote absentee ballot in Texas? Check on the requirements for requesting and returning an absentee ballot

If My Address Has Changed Do I Need To Re-register To Vote?

When you register to vote, your voter registration is linked to your residential address. When registered voters move, they are supposed to update their registration records with election officials before voting Check if you need to re-register to vote