Voting

How to register to vote: Tuesday, Oct. 11 is deadline for fall election in Texas

Voter registration forms can be printed from Harris County’s elections website or picked up from a government office. Completed forms must be dropped off in person, mailed or faxed by Oct. 11.

Voter Registration
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Karina Shumate, 21, a college student studying stenography, fills out a voter registration form in 2020.

Tuesday, Oct. 11 is the last day Houston-area residents and all Texans can register to vote for the upcoming midterm election, scheduled for Nov. 8. Among the key races on the ballot are for Texas governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general, along with local races for Harris County judge, two seats on the county's commissioners court and several judicial positions.

Voter registration applications must be submitted in person or by mail as registration cannot be completed online under Texas law, except as part of renewing a state-issued driver's license with the Texas Department of Public Safety.

Voter registration application forms can be printed from harrisvotes.com – where there are versions in English, Spanish, Chinese and Vietnamese. The forms also are available at government offices, including Harris County Public Library branches as well as the 10 locations for the Harris County Elections Administrator's Office, including its headquarters at 1001 Preston St.

Completed registration forms can be dropped off at any of the county’s election administration offices, which are open from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. They also can be faxed to 713-368-2309 or mailed to the Harris County Elections Administrator's Office, P.O. Box 3527, Houston, TX 77253-3527. Mailed registration applications must be postmarked by Tuesday, Oct. 11.

An applicant's spouse, parent or child, acting as an agent of the applicant, may complete and sign a registration application on their behalf, provided the agent is a registered voter or also has applied to be registered.

Prospective voters in Harris County must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • They are a United States citizen
  • They are a resident of Harris County
  • They will be at least 18 years old on Election Day (Nov. 8)
  • They have not been declared mentally incapacitated without the right to vote by a judgement of a court exercising probate jurisdiction
  • They have not been convicted of a felony or, if so, they have fully discharged the sentence, including any term of incarceration, parole or supervision, or completed a period of probation ordered by a court; or been pardoned or otherwise released from the resulting disability to vote

Voters can confirm their registration status online through either Harris County at https://www.harrisvotes.com/Voter/Registration/Voter-Registration-Search or the Texas Secretary of State's Office at https://teamrv-mvp.sos.texas.gov/MVP/mvp.do.

Registered voters who have changed addresses or changed their names can update that information online through the Texas Secretary of State's Office at https://txapps.texas.gov/tolapp/sos/SOSACManager, and will need their Social Security Number, state-issued identification number and the Voter Unique Identifier on their voter registration card in order to complete the process. An address change must be submitted at least 30 days before an election in order for the voter to be able to cast a ballot in their new county or precinct.

For more information about voting in Harris County, visit harrisvotes.com or call 713-755-6965.

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