Who can vote in Texas?
To be eligible to register to vote in Texas, a person must be:
-A United States citizen;
-A resident of the Texas county in which application for registration is made;
-At least 18 years old on Election Day;
-Not finally convicted of a felony, or, if so convicted must have (1) fully discharged the sentence, including any term of incarceration, parole, or supervision, or completed a period of probation ordered by any court; or (2) been pardoned or otherwise released from the resulting disability to vote; and
-Not determined by a final judgment of a court exercising probate jurisdiction to be (1) totally mentally incapacitated; or (2) partially mentally incapacitated without the right to vote.
As a Registered Voter in the State of Texas, you have the following rights:
-A ballot with written instructions on how to cast a ballot.
-Ask the polling place official for instructions on how to cast a ballot (but not suggestions on how to vote).
-Cast your vote in secret and free from intimidation.
-Receive up to two more ballots if you make a mistake while marking the ballot.
-Bring an interpreter to assist you as you qualify to vote if you do not understand the English language.
-Help to cast your ballot if you cannot write, see the ballot, or understand the language in which it is written.
-Report a possible voting rights abuse to the Secretary of State (1.800.252.8683) or to the Victoria County Election Administrator-Cast a provisional ballot if your name does not appear on the list of registered voters or you do not have proper identification.
-Vote once at any early voting location during the early voting period within the territory conducting the election.
-File an administrative complaint with the Secretary of State concerning violations of federal and state voting procedures.
What do I need to Vote?
You can bring any one of the following!
-Victoria County Voter Registration Card
-a driver’s license or personal identification card issued to you by the Department of Public Safety or a similar document issued to you by an agency of another state, regardless of whether the license or card has expired;
-a form of identification containing your photograph that establishes your identity;
-a birth certificate or other document confirming birth that is admissible in a court of law and establishes your identity;
-United States citizenship papers issued to you;
-a United States passport issued to you;
-official mail addressed to you, by name, from a governmental entity;
-a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows your name and address.
SB14 the “Voter ID Bill”-was denied pre-clearance by the Department of Justice. Continue to check back regarding updates on changes to Voting!
I’m a Student, how/where do I vote?
It depends. Have you lived in Victoria County for at least 6 months? Do you want to vote in Victoria County? If so, you can register by clicking here. If you want to continue voting in another location (i.e. your parent’s address/city/county in Texas) you can apply to vote by mail here.
I have a felony, can I vote?
In Texas, a convicted felon regains the right to vote after completing his or her sentence. Once you have completed the punishment phase (including: incarceration, parole, supervision, or period of probation ordered by a court), you will be eligible to register and vote in the state of Texas. Click here to register to vote.
I’m in the Military and/or am an Overseas Voter
-Fill out your Federal Postcard Application here.
-You will receive your ballot by the method chosen on your Federal Postcard Application. You can track you ballot by clicking here.
-Return the ballot postmarked no later than Election Day. You can track whether your ballot was received by clicking here.
Can I vote by mail?
Yes, you can! As long as you are:
-At least 65 years of age, or
-Confined in jail, but eligible to vote, or
-You will be out of Victoria County during the Early Voting period and Election Day.
You can send your Application for Ballot by Mail starting September 7, 2012 for the November 6, 2012 General Election. Once the application is received, you will be mailed a ballot. Important note, Ballot by Mail applications must be received at least 7 business days prior to the Election Day. It’s best to send your application no later than October 15th if you are requesting a mail ballot for the Nov. 6th General Election. Click here to request a ballot by mail.
Wait, I have more questions about Voting!
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