Election 2020

The Deadline To Register To Vote In The 2020 Election Is Coming Up. Here’s How To Do It

Oct. 5 is the last day to register to vote before the Nov. 3 election in Texas. Here’s what you need to know to register.

Karina Shumate, 21, a college student studying stenography, fills out a voter registration form in Richardson.

Oct. 5 is the last day to register to vote before the Nov. 3 election in Texas. Here's what you need to know to register.

Are You Eligible To Vote?

The Texas Secretary of State — the state's election authority — says you can register to vote in Texas if you:

  • are a U.S. citizen;
  • are a resident of the county where you submit the application;
  • will be at least 18 years old on Election Day;
  • are not a convicted felon (though you may be eligible to vote if you have completed your sentence, probation and parole); and
  • have not been declared mentally incapacitated by a court of law.

Are You Already Registered?

To vote in a Harris County election, you must be registered to vote at least 30 days before the election date. You can check your voter registration status here. Check to see if information like your name and address is correct. If not, be sure to update it.

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How To Get An Application

Registration must be done by mail or in person. You can download a voter registration application online, print it and mail it to your county's voter registrar's office on or before Oct. 5. Or, you can visit the voter registrar's office in your county to register in person.

In Harris County, the voter registrar is the tax assessor-collector, Ann Harris Bennett. To obtain an application, visit any of these locations from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

You can also request via email at voters@hctx.net, and a paper application will be mailed to you. Be sure to provide a mailing address and phone number in the email.

Voter registration applications are also available at any U.S. Post Office or state offices for public safety and health and human services.

Where To Mail Your Application

Where you mail your application depends on what county you live in. You will mail it to the election administrator for your county, which you can find here.

In Harris County, you can mail your signed application at least 30 days before the election date to:
Ann Harris Bennett, Tax Assessor-Collector & Voter Registrar, P.O. Box 3527, Houston, Texas 77253-3527

Have You Moved?

If you moved since the last time you registered to vote, you'll need to update your information. If you are still living in the same county as before, you can update your information online here. If you moved to a new county, you'll have to register in the new county.

Additional reporting by Paul DeBenedetto

This story originally appeared on KUT.

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