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. 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 life and any of these races could be decided by a few hundred votes.

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key dates

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October 23: Deadline to request to vote by mail. Learn more about voting by mail on the Texas Secretary of State’s website.

October 13-30: Early voting. Dates and hours may vary depending on where you live. Check your county’s election department website—Dallas, Collin, Rockwall or Denton—for dates, hours and locations. By voting early, you are likely to see shorter lines and wait times than if you wait till Election Day.

November 3: Election Day and your last chance to vote. 
October 13-30: Early voting. Dates and hours may vary depending on where you live. Check your county’s election department website—Dallas, Collin, Rockwall or Denton—for dates, hours and locations. By voting early, you are likely to see shorter lines and wait times than if you wait till Election Day.

November 3: Election Day and your last chance to vote.

THINGS TO THINK ABOUT BEFORE YOU VOTE

Bring a Photo ID: 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).

Bring your Voter Registration card (optional): If you have your voter registration card, bring it. But it’s not mandatory to have it. If your name is spelled differently on the official list than on your ID, showing your registration card may resolve the issue. 

Know where to vote: 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: 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. This year’s ballot is expected to be quite long, and you can save yourself time at the polls by being prepared. You can bring a list of the people you plan to vote for as long as it’s not a partisan flyer. To find out who’s on your ballot, visit vote411.org.
 
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, or 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.
 

 

Article updated on October 12, 2020.

This article was published on: Jun 4, 2020