Voting 2020: What You Need to Know | United Way of Metropolitan Dallas

Voting 2020:
What You Need to Know

Voting is one of the simplest, yet most powerful, duties we as citizens hold. However, many Americans do not vote, possibly because they feel as though their vote doesn’t make a difference or that it’s not important.  

It is important for every citizen to be an educated, informed voter. Most people can identify the presidential candidates, but few can name the candidates farther down the ballot. These local elected officials make the decisions that truly impact your lifeand any of these races could be decided by a few hundred votes.

You can help by talking about the importance of voting, which provides all Americans the opportunity to be heard and positively impact our community.

Next Election – July 14th Runoff Election

On July 14th, runoff elections will be held to select the one candidate that will be listed on the ballot for the November 3rd uniform election in the following races. If you are a constituent in one of these districts/areas and voted in the same party in the March primary election, make sure you vote in the runoff election: 

  • U.S. Senate (statewide) – Democratic  
  • U.S. House District 3 (Collin County) – Democratic  
  • U.S House District 24 (Coppell) – Democratic  
  • Railroad Commissioner (statewide) – Democratic  
  • Texas House District 67 (Plano) – Democratic  
  • Texas House District 100 (Dallas) Democratic


You do not need to re-register to vote before every election, but if you have changed your address or name, or have never registered to vote, you must register to vote. In Texas, your voter registration application must be postmarked or dropped off at your county’s election office at least 30 days before an election for you to be eligible to vote in that election. Information on how to register to vote or the deadlines for registering can be found on the Texas Secretary of State’s website.

Things to Think About Before You Vote

  • You must present one of the seven acceptable forms of photo identification before you can vote: a 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 or U.S. passport (book or card). 
  • If you have your voter registration card, bring itbut it’s not mandatory to have it. If your name is spelled differently on the official list than on your photo ID, showing your registration card may resolve the issue.  
  • 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 location. 
  • Be an educated voter. Do your research in advance by seeing who’s on your ballot, learn about the candidates, and determine who you want to vote for in advance of getting to the voting machine. You can bring a list of the people you plan to vote for as long as it’s not a partisan flyer.  
  • Invite your neighbors and friends to go vote with you. 
  • 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, or be confined in jail, but otherwise eligible.