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Everything You Need to Know About the Nov. 2 Election

Voting is one of the simplest, yet most powerful, duties we as citizens hold. It’s important for every citizen to be an informed voter. Most people only vote during presidential election cycles; however, the power is truly with the people—every year.

Each election helps decide factors that directly impact your life, such as who is on your school board or how your taxes are calculated. Your vote has the power to drive positive change on the big issues right here in North Texas, such as education, income and health.

This year, Election Day is Nov. 2. Here’s everything you need to know to vote:

Texas has eight constitutional propositions on the ballot, which means voters like you will be deciding if changes should be made to the state constitution on important issues such as judicial eligibility, religious freedom and taxes.

For more information on the eight proposed amendments, click here.

October 18-29: Early voting (in-person). Dates and hours vary depending on where you live. Check your county’s election department website—Dallas, Collin, Rockwall or Denton—for dates, hours and locations.

October 22: Last day to apply for ballot by mail (must be received, not postmarked, by this day).

November 2: Election Day and your last chance to vote.

Please note: The deadline to register to vote in the Nov. 2, 2021, election has passed; it was Oct. 4.

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 bring it if you have it. If your name is spelled differently on the official list than on your ID, showing your registration card may resolve the issue.

Voting locations: Polling locations may be different for early voting and Election Day, so visit your county’s election website—Dallas, Collin, Rockwall or Denton—to make sure you’re headed to the right location.

Be an educated voter: Save yourself time at the polls by being prepared. Do your research on the constitutional amendments, learn about issues and determine how you want to vote before getting to the voting machine. You can bring a list of how you want to vote if it’s not a partisan flyer. To learn more about the constitutional propositions, visit

Encourage your network: Make a plan to vote, and invite your neighbors and friends to go vote with you.

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.

Remember, lasting change only happens when we work together. Sign up for our Advocacy Alerts, and join us as we speak up and speak out about how education, income and health policies impact our community and advocate to expand opportunities and drive systemic change.

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This article was published on: Oct 20, 2021