Election Day: What you need to know to cast your vote

FILE - Voting sign.
FILE - Voting sign.

AUSTIN (KXAN) — With a narrow race predicted for the presidential candidate front runners, long lines are expected on Election Day. In Texas, there has been a big shift from previous elections with a large number of voters still undecided.

Aside from the race for the White House, there are congressional races and other local ballot items 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 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 are numerous voting sites as well as mega-site locations open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Click here to find the closest voting site near you.

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

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

CapMetro is also offering free rides to the polls. Catch a MetroBus, MetroRapid, MetroExpress, MetroRail or MetroAccess to get you to the polling location closest to you. Unsure which location is closest to you? Route your trip here. 

Full list of polling locations and routes:

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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