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Texas Elections 2018

What You Need To Know To Vote in The 2018 Midterm Elections in Greater Houston

Find your polling location in Harris, Fort Bend, Montgomery, Galveston and Brazoria counties.

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An early voting location in Greater Houston.

Early voting is already well underway for the 2018 midterm elections. So far, turnout has been strong across Texas, reaching record high numbers compared to past midterm election years.

Among the items on the ballot this fall are a U.S. Senate seat, multiple seats in Congress, and statewide positions, including Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, and Agriculture Commissioner. Local propositions, as well as county and judicial positions, are also on the ballot.

For those who haven't voted yet, this guide provides information on key dates, how to find your polling location, and what you need to bring to the polls. We've included information for Harris, Fort Bend, Galveston, Montgomery, and Brazoria counties.

Key Dates

Early voting goes from Monday, October 22 to Friday, November 2.

Election Day is Tuesday, November 6, with polls open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Mail-in ballots must arrive by 7:00 pm on Election Day if they aren't postmarked. But they can arrive as late as Wednesday, November 7 at 5:00 p.m. provided they are postmarked by 7:00 p.m. on Election Day. There are different rules for military and overseas voters, which can be viewed here.

Find Your Polling Place

In some counties, you must vote in your designated precinct on November 6. If you live in a county that participates in the Countywide Polling Place Program, you can cast your ballot at any polling location on Election Day. Details for each county are outlined below.

Harris County: During early voting, you can vote at any designated polling location. A list of early voting locations can be viewed here. But on November 6, you are required to vote at the location assigned to your precinct. Find your designated November 6 polling location here.

Fort Bend County: In Fort Bend, you can vote at any polling location during both early voting and on November 6. The list of polling locations for early voting is available, here, and for November 6, here. In addition to a list of voting locations, there's also a live map that displays current estimated wait times at each spot.

Galveston County: Voters in Galveston can also cast their vote at any polling location during both early voting and on Election Day. Early voting locations are listed here, and Election Day locations, here.

Montgomery County: You can vote at any one of these locations during early voting. On Election Day, you must vote in the precinct where you're registered to vote. You can look up your November 6 location, here.

Brazoria County: Votes can be cast at any of the polling locations during both early voting and on Election Day. View early voting locations, here, and Election Day locations, here.

What to Bring

Seven types of photo IDs are accepted at the polls:

  1. Texas Driver License issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS)
  2. Texas Election Identification Certificate issued by DPS
  3. Texas Personal Identification Card issued by DPS
  4. Texas Handgun License issued by DPS
  5. United States Military Identification Card containing the person's photograph
  6. United States Citizenship Certificate containing the person's photograph
  7. United States Passport (book or card)

Photo IDs can't have expired over four years ago.

If don't have a photo ID and can't reasonably obtain one you can fill out a Reasonable Impediment Declaration at the polls. You will also need to show a copy of one of these supporting documents:

  1. copy or original of a government document that shows the voter's name and an address, including the voter's voter registration certificate;
  2. copy of or original current utility bill;
  3. copy of or original bank statement;
  4. copy of or original government check;
  5. copy of or original paycheck; or
  6. copy of or original of (a) a certified domestic (from a U.S. state or territory) birth certificate or (b) a document confirming birth admissible in a court of law which establishes the voter's identity (which may include a foreign birth document).

More information on voter IDs and the Reasonable Impediment Declaration is available here.

Fill Out Your Ballot

To help with your candidate research, we teamed up with NPR stations across the state to create a comprehensive Texas Voter Guide. It generates a sample ballot based on your address. You can then click on each candidate for more information. View the Texas Voter Guide, here.