Aug 24, 2022 - News

How to register to vote in Texas

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The last day Texans can register to vote for this year's November election is Oct 11.

How it works: You can fill out a voter registration form online.

  • But the form must be printed and mailed to your local elections office.
  • The envelope must be postmarked by Oct. 11.
  • You can also register to vote when obtaining your driver license.

Be smart: Check if you're already registered and that your information is up to date before it's too late.

  • You'll need to enter a host of information, including your name, county of residence, voter identification number, driver license number and/or date of birth.
  • If you're registered but need to change your address, visit this page.

The big picture: Texas has some of the strictest voting laws in the country.

  • In 2021, the Republican-controlled Legislature banned 24-hour voting, drive-thru polls and placed several more restrictions on the voting process, the Austin-American Statesman reported.

Yes, but: Two main provisions of the state's newest voter laws have been struck down by federal judges.

  • A law that restricted how much help voter assistants can give in the voting booth was overturned in February.
  • Another law targeting voters who use P.O. boxes to register was overruled in July, NPR reported.

Election Day is Nov. 8.

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