IMPORTANT 2020 ELECTION DATES:
2/3/2020: LAST day to register to vote in primary election
2/18/2020: FIRST day of early voting
2/21/2020: LAST day to apply for ballot by mail
2/28/2020: LAST day of early voting
3/3/2020: ELECTION DAY (last day to submit postmarked ballot by mail)
Local Uniform Election
4/2/2020: LAST day to register to vote in local election
4/20/2020: FIRST day of early voting
4/20/2020: LAST day to apply for ballot by mail
4/28/2020: LAST day of early voting
5/2/2020: ELECTION DAY (last day to submit postmarked ballot by mail)
*Primary runoff election may occur*
10/5/2020: LAST day to register to vote in primary election
10/19/2020: FIRST day of early voting
10/23/2020: LAST day to apply for ballot by mail
10/30/2020: LAST day of early voting
11/3/2020: ELECTION DAY (last day to submit postmarked ballot by mail)
What's at stake?
An election brings a variety of essential issues and voting pieces to the table. Here are the seats that may be up for election and what power these positions hold:
- House of Representatives: Serves two year terms. Responsibilities include introducing bills and resolutions, offer amendments, and serve on committees
- Senate: Serves six year terms with two-thirds of senate elected every two years. Responsibilities include writing and passing laws, ratifying treaties, and confirming or rejecting the President's nominees for judgeships
- TX House of Representatives: Represent various smaller districts with the power to introduce taxing legislation
- TX Senate: Represent various larger districts and have the power to confirm the Governor's appointments
- State Board of Education: Setting curriculum standards, reviewing and adopting instructional materials, and establishing graduation requirements
STATE EXECUTIVE LEVEL
- Governor: Highest ranking political leader in the state who is responsible for implementing state laws
- Lieutenant Governor: Presiding officer over the Texas Senate and leads the Legislative Budget Board
- Attorney General: Chief legal advisor and Chief law enforcement officer who sets law enforcement priorities for the state
- Comptroller of Public Accounts: A state's bookkeeper, fiscal organizer, and Chief financial officer
- Commissioner of Land: Manages mineral rights, state assets, and general land use as an advisor to the Governor
- Commissioner of Agriculture: Leads agriculture industry standards for the state
- Railroad Commissioner: Regulates the oil and gas industry, gas utilities, pipeline safety, safety in the liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) industry, and surface coal and uranium mining
COUNTY ADMINISTRATIVE LEVEL
- County Commissioner: Controlling county property including the courthouse, hospitals, library, jail, and the equipment and facilities
- District/County Attorney: Prosecuting attorney and represents the state in a criminal case.
- Sheriff: Manages duties of countywide law enforcement through deputies.
- Constable: Preserve the peace and perform judicial duties to serve writs, warrants, and bail pieces.
- County Clerk: Acts as a recorder of all bonds, deeds, birth and death certificates, assumed names and livestock brands.
- District Clerk: Indexes and secures all court records, collects filing fees, and handles funds held in litigation, coordinates the jury panel selection process.
- County Treasurer: Receives and deposits all county revenues
- Tax Assessor-Collector: Calculates and collect property tax rates for the county including cities and schools.
COUNTY JUDICIAL LEVEL
- County Judge: Presiding officer of the Commissioners Court. Most have broad judicial duties. Serves as head of emergency management.
- Justice of the Peace: Hears traffic, civil cases, landlord/tenant disputes, and truancy cases.
- County Courts at Law: Held in a variety of courts that oversee topics including probate, criminal, criminal appeals, and civil court matters.
- City Council: Member that governs a city or town
- School Board: A typical school board meeting will include approving the school calendar, adopting curriculum, overseeing construction and approving contracts with outside vendors.
- Mayor: Most powerful local elected office that chairs the City Council. Based upon your government system, your mayor may serve in a: Council-Manager System or a Mayor-Council system.
Follow these steps
Are you registered to vote?
Find out if you are registered to vote in Texas.
Learn about the issues
Submit your address and receive a issue-based sample ballot.
Find your polling place
Locate your nearest qualified polling place
Know your rights as a voter
Protect your rights as a voter when you head to the polls
Texas Voter ID Laws
In the State of Texas, a photo ID must be brought with you when you vote for any level of office. For more information on official Texas Voter ID laws, visit https://www.sos.state.tx.us/elections/pamphlets/largepamp.shtml.
Acceptable Forms of ID
*With the exception of the citizenship certificate, identification must be current or have not expired more than 4 years before voting.
VOTERS without ID
Voters without an acceptable form of ID can bring a supporting form of ID only if they cannot obtain an acceptable form of ID due to a reasonable impediment. The supporting forms of ID are:
Source: “Issue Areas.” Young People For, youngpeoplefor.org/issues/#voting.
Absentee voting is a an option for folks who have an impairment preventing them from making it to the polling place or folks who will be out of the county during the period of early voting and election day. To place an absentee vote, you must mail your votes after you apply.
To be eligible to vote early by mail in Texas, you must:
How to apply
Instructions for submitting an Application for Ballot by Mail (“ABBM”):
“Texas Secretary of State.” App for a Ballot by Mail, www.sos.state.tx.us/elections/voter/reqabbm.shtml.