Voter Registration for November Election Ends Monday – Here’s What You Need to Know

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Attendees waiting in line to enter La Trinidad United Methodist Church are encouraged to register to vote.

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Attendees waiting in line to enter La Trinidad United Methodist Church are encouraged to register to vote in July 2018.

If you didn’t know there was an election in November, you do now. The deadline to register is Monday, so make sure you’re prepared for Nov. 5. This election also marks the first time Bexar County voters can cast a ballot at any location on Election Day, so get excited for countywide voting!

How can I determine if I’m registered to vote?

You can check your voter registration status here. All you need is your Voter ID number or Texas Driver’s License number, your name, county of residence, and date of birth.

How can I register to vote?

Voter registration ends Monday. The elections department can get you registered, and the office is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. You can also register at libraries, or through a volunteer deputy registrar. Find more information about voter registration and voting here.

When can I vote?

Early voting starts Monday, Oct. 21 and ends Friday, Nov. 1. Hours for early voting vary, and you can find details here. Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 5. 

What do I need to bring with me to vote?

You need to provide one of the following seven forms of identification:

  • 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 your photograph
  • United States Citizenship Certificate containing your photograph
  • United States Passport (book or card)

If you don’t have one of the seven forms of identification listed above and can’t reasonably get one, you can also bring one of these:

  • A copy or original of a government document that shows your name and an address, including your voter registration certificate;
  • A copy of or original current utility bill;
  • A copy of or original bank statement;
  • A copy of or original government check;
  • A copy of or original paycheck; or
  • A 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 your identity, which may include a foreign birth document.

If your chosen form of identification – such as your driver’s license or passport – doesn’t have the same address as your voter card, bring a utility bill with you to the polls as proof of address. You can also cast a provisional ballot.

Where can I vote?

During early voting, there are 36 early voting sites, including the Bexar County Elections Department. Find early voting locations and hours here. Voters are no longer confined to specific precincts on election day, and can vote at any Bexar County polling location on Nov. 5.

What about absentee ballots?

You can vote by mail if you are:

  • Going to be away from your county on Election Day and during early voting
  • Sick or disabled
  • 65 years of age or older on Election Day
  • Confined in jail, but eligible to vote

You can request an application for an absentee ballot from the elections department, or print one out here. Applications for absentee ballots must be received by elections department by Friday, Oct. 25. And for your vote to count, it must received by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 6 and be postmarked by Nov. 5.

What’s on the ballot?

Texans will vote on 10 state constitutional amendments in the upcoming November election, ranging from prohibiting an individual income tax to allowing law enforcement animals to be given to a qualified caretaker. Find the constitutional amendment language and ballot order here

Castle Hills City Council has two seats on the ballot in a special election triggered by one removal and one resignation, while Converse, Sandy Oaks, Schertz, and Windcrest also have City Council seats on the ballot. Find a generic sample ballot for Bexar County here.

Have more questions?

Check out VoteTexas.gov. Or ask us, and we’ll find an answer for you.

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