Making Democracy Work





Who can register to vote in Texas?

  • you must be a U.S. citizen

  • you must be a resident of the county in which you vote (Texas has NO length of residency before registering to vote)
  • you must be at least 18 years old (to vote) (you can register at 17 years and 10 months)
  • you must not be a convicted felon (unless your sentence is completed, including probation or parole)
  • you must not be declared mentally incompetent by a court of law

How do I know if I am registered?

What do I do if I move?

  • If you move to a new county, you must re-register to vote in the new county of residence.
  • If you stay within the county in which you have been registered, you can make updates online, including changing the name of your voter registration to match the name on a photo ID that would be accepted IF PHOTO IS PRE-CLEARED TO GO INTO EFFECT FOR NOVEMBER. The link to make changes online is: Voter Name and Address Changes

Where can I get updated information on the 2012 elections and voter ID requirements ?

  • The LWV-Texas home page,, contains regularly udpated information on where things stand on both 2012 elections and photo ID including a brief handout on the photo ID requirement (the same information is also available in Spanish)

When can I register?

AT ANYTIME! You must be registered at least 30 days
before an election to vote in that election.

Can university students be Lubbock voters?

Yes ... it's your choice ... if you, as a university
student consider this to be your primary residence,
because you are elsewhere only a few months of the
year, you may register here with your college address.
However, you CANNOT be registered both at college and
at your parents address.


Can anyone vote early "in person"?


Can I vote without my voters' registration card?

New Voters' cards are mailed out every two years, but
if you cannot find yours, just bring some form of
acceptable identification and sign the affidavit they
provide you at the polling location. Acceptable
identification would be:

  • a driver's license
  • a form of i.d. containing your picture
  • a birth certificate
  • U.S. citizenship papers issued to you
  • a U.S. passport issued to you
  • official mail (from the government) addressed to you
  • a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, or other government document that shows your name and address

How do I vote for a write-in candidate?

For instructions on how to vote for a write-in candidate click HERE.