Early voting: What you need to know

Early voters choose their candidates at the Cowan Creek Center in Sun City (KXAN Photo)
Early voters choose their candidates at the Cowan Creek Center in Sun City (KXAN Photo)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — With the possibility of record voter turnout in Texas this year, voters are encouraged to vote early to avoid long lines at the polls on Election Day.

Early voting starts Monday, Oct. 24 and runs through Nov. 4. While the presidential election is the biggest item on the ballot, there are congressional races and other local races that will impact you. To find out what is on your ballot, check here. 

Voter ID Requirement

To cast a ballot in person in Texas, you’ll need to present one of the following approved forms of photo ID:

  • Texas Driver License issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS)
  • Texas Election Identification Certificate (EIC) issued by DPS
  • Texas Personal Identification Card issued by DPS
  • Texas License to Carry a Handgun (LTC) issued by DPS
  • U.S. Military ID Card containing the person’s photograph
  • U.S. Citizenship Certificate containing the person’s photograph
  • U.S. Passport

With the exception of the U.S. citizenship certificate, the identification must be current or have expired no more than four years before being presented for voter qualification at the polling place.

If you don’t have any of the listed IDs, you can (1) sign a sworn statement that there is a reason why you don’t have any of the IDs listed above, and (2) bring one of the following:

  • Valid voter registration certificate
  • Birth certificate
  • Current utility bill
  • Government check
  • Paystub or bank statement that includes your name and address
  • Copy of or original government document with your name and an address (original required if it contains a photograph).

Where to Vote

Registered and eligible voters may vote at ANY early voting location located in the county of residence. Find out where you can cast your ballot by going here. Hours will vary by location.

In Travis County, there will be a total of 30 early voting sites as well as 91 mobile locations and four mega-site locations. Click here to find the closest early voting site near you.

In Williamson County, click here to find the closest early voting site near you.

In Hays County, click here to find the closest early voting site near you.

Cap Metro is offering free help to push people to vote ahead of election day. Route your trip here. 

Local Items that Impact You

Over the past few months, KXAN News has covered the items on the ballot that will impact you directly. From Austin’s Transportation Bond (Prop 1) to Hays County’s push for a bond to expand the jail as well as emergency response times. Click here for a full list of local election stories that might be on your ballot.

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