How to Vote
The deadline to register to vote is Monday, January 31, 2022.
The deadline to request a mail-in ballot is Friday, February 18, 2022.
Early voting in person is Monday, February 14, 2022 through Friday, February 25, 2022
Make Your Voting Plan
Download, print, and fill out our free template and take it with you to the polls!
Are You Eligible to Vote in Texas?
Eligible to vote means that you are legally allowed to vote in Texas and that the eligibility requirements, or the list of rules about who can vote, are true for you.
You can register to vote in Texas if you can check ALL of the following boxes:
If you are not sure whether you can check all of these boxes, you can get free help by calling Disability Rights Texas at 1-888-796-VOTE (8683).
Are You Registered to Vote in Texas?
If you check all of the boxes above, it means you are allowed to register to vote.
Even if you are eligible to vote because you check all of the boxes, you are not allowed to vote in Texas unless you have registered to vote by a certain deadline each year. The Texas Primary Election voter registration is due on Monday, January 31, 2022.
Make sure you are eligible to vote in Texas by reviewing the checklist above.
Make sure to use the Check my Registration tool to see if you are already registered to vote. If you are already registered to vote, you are ready to vote in Texas!
If you are not already registered to vote, you need to fill out a voter registration application, which has to be approved before you are allowed to vote by mail, during early voting, or to vote on Election Day.
Remember, if you are not sure whether you are eligible to vote or cannot figure out if you are already registered to vote, you can get free help by calling Disability Rights Texas at 1-888-796-VOTE (8683).
Are You Eligible to Vote by Mail in Texas?
You can register to vote by mail in Texas if you can check one of the following boxes:
To apply for a Ballot by Mail, make sure you use the new and updated application. The Texas Secretary of State’s Application for a Ballot by Mail webpage provides the application as a downloadable PDF. If you need a hard copy of the application, you can Request an Application for a Ballot by Mail to have one mailed to you.
Ways You Can Register to Vote in Texas
Choose one of the ways below to fill out and mail in your application.
Fill Out the Application Online, Print It, and Mail It
The Texas Secretary of State’s website has a tool to help you fill in your application. Here are some tips to fill out the application this way.
- Answer the questions and fill in the boxes with the right information. It is OK to ask for help from someone to make sure you are filling in the form correctly.
- When you are finished and have filled in the entire form, you will click a gray button at the bottom that says “SUBMIT”. Note: Clicking this button does not send your application anywhere. Instead, it creates a form with your information on it that you must print out, sign with your name, and mail to the voter registrar in the county where you are a resident.
Ask for a Blank Application With an Online Form, Fill Out the Application, and Mail the Application
The Texas Secretary of State’s website has a form you can fill out with your name and address to ask for a blank printout of the Texas voter registration form. They will send you blank forms in the mail for free. You will still have to fill out the application form, sign it, and mail it back to the voter registrar in the county where you are a resident by January 31, 2022.
Get a Blank Application Form In Person, Fill it Out, and Drop it Off in Person or Send in the Mail
You can contact or visit your local voter registrar’s office to fill out your form and get help with the process. You can find out where the office closest to you is on the Texas Secretary of State’s website. Sometimes you can get blank printed forms at your local library, too. You can fill it out and mail it to your voter registrar in the county where you are a resident.
Where Do I Mail My Filled-In Voter Registration Form?
Go to the Texas Secretary of State’s website and look for the address of the voter registrar in the county where you live.
Remember, you can get free help by calling Disability Rights Texas at 1-888-796-VOTE (8683).
What Are the Voting-Related Deadlines in Texas for 2022?
Last Day to Register to Vote
Monday, January 31, 2022
First Day of Early Voting
Monday, February 14, 2022
Request Mail-In Ballot
Election office must receive application on or before
Friday, February 18, 2022
Last Day of Early Voting
Friday, February 25, 2022
Primary Election Day
Tuesday, March 1, 2022
Last Day For County Elections Office to Receive Mail-In Ballot
Tuesday, March 1, 2022 at 7:00 p.m. OR Wednesday, March 2, 2022 (next business day after Election Day) at 5:00 p.m. if carrier envelope is postmarked by 7:00 p.m. at the location of the election on Election Day (unless overseas or military deadlines apply)
Texas Primary Election
Texas has open primaries, which means all Texas voters can participate.
- The Republican and Democratic Parties each choose their candidates in a primary election.
- The Libertarian and Green Parties each choose their candidates in a party convention.
- Since many districts in Texas heavily favor one party over the other, the primaries often determine the winner of the General Election!
Even if you do not strongly identify with any political party, you can and should carefully consider the candidate choices and participate in one of the primaries or conventions.
Note: Once you have voted in one party primary or convention, you cannot vote in another party’s primary or convention, and you can only vote in that same party’s runoff election.
General Election: Voting in one party’s primary election, convention or runoff election does NOT commit you to vote for a particular party or candidate in the General Election. You can still vote for any candidate of your choice, regardless of party, in the General Election.