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Voting 2021: What You Need to Know

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Voting is one of the simplest, yet most powerful, duties we as citizens hold. It is important for every citizen to be an informed voter. Most people only vote during presidential election cycles; however, local elected officials make the decisions that truly impact your life. These are the representatives that have the power to drive positive change on the big issues right here in North Texas, such as education, income and health.

May 1 is Election Day in Texas for a variety of local political subdivisions, including cities, school districts and water districts. Many of these races could be decided by a few hundred votes, so we encourage all eligible voters to make their voting plan today.

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voting polls

April 19-27: Early voting (in-person). 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.

April 20: Last Day to apply for ballot by mail (received, not postmarked).

May 1: Election Day and your last chance to vote.

Please note: April 1 was the deadline to register to vote in the May election. However, you have until Oct. 4 to register to vote in the Nov. 2, 2021, election.


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). 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.

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: Save yourself time at the polls by being prepared. Do your research 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. To find out who’s on your ballot, 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, 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.

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close up of march and signs

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This article was published on: Apr 19, 2021