Exercise Your Power as a Voter
Voting is one of the most powerful duties we as citizens hold. It’s important for every citizen to be an informed voter. While many people only vote during presidential election cycles, every election directly impacts various factors of your life.
Here are just a few things your vote can influence, even in off-election years:
- How your property taxes are calculated
- Who is on your local school board
- What is in your city’s budget
- How funds are allocated for transportation, housing, land use, parks or libraries, and more
- How crime is investigated and prosecuted in your city
Your vote has the power to improve the quality of life in North Texas and drive positive changes that affect the education, income and health of our community.
Not registered to vote?
Visit VoteTexas.gov to register online or request a printed application.
What do I need to know to vote?
Here are some important tips for voting in North Texas:
Bring a photo ID
You must present one of the seven acceptable forms of photo identification before you can vote:
- Texas driver’s license
- Texas election ID certificate
- Texas personal ID card
- Texas handgun license
- U.S. citizenship certificate with photo
- U.S. military ID card with photo
- U.S. passport (book or card)
Your voter registration card is not mandatory to vote, but it’s a good idea to bring it if you have it. If your name is spelled differently on the official voter list than on your ID, showing your registration card may resolve the issue.
Vote by mail
To be eligible to vote early by mail in Texas, you must meet at least one of the following criteria:
- Be 65 years old or older
- Be disabled
- Be out of the county on Election Day and during the period for early voting by personal appearance
- Be confined in jail, but otherwise eligible
You can request the application for a mail-in ballot from the Texas Secretary of State’s office. To learn how to request a vote-by-mail application and to submit your application, visit your county’s Elections Office website: Dallas, Collin, Rockwall or Denton
How can I become a more informed voter?
Save yourself time at the polls by being prepared. Do your research on candidates and propositions, and determine how you want to vote before getting to the voting machine. You can bring notes or a sample ballot with you to vote, but you’re not allowed to have partisan flyers with you in the voting booth. Create your own personalized ballot by visiting Vote411.org.
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