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What Do I Bring to Vote?

You must have a photo ID to vote.

sample Texas driver's license

Registered voters may use one of the seven (7) forms of photo ID currently required by Texas voter ID law:

  • Texas driver license issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS)
  • Texas Election Identification Certificate issued by DPS
  • Texas personal identification card issued by DPS
  • Texas license to carry a handgun issued by DPS
  • United States military identification card containing the person’s photograph
  • United States citizenship certificate containing the person’s photograph
  • United States passport

Register voters who do not have one of the above seven (7) IDs:

1) May use one of the following forms of ID:

  • Valid voter registration certificate
  • Certified birth certificate
  • current utility bill
  • bank statement
  • government check
  • paycheck
  • any other government document that displays your voter's name and an address

AND

2) MUST complete and sign a simple statement (officially called a "reasonable impediment declaration") that says the person was not able to obtain one of the seven (7) required forms of ID.

NOTE: A voter's reason for not obtaining an ID cannot be questioned by election offficials. After asking a voter if he or she has one of seven (7) IDs, elections officials cannot question or challenge voters about why they coud not obtain an ID.

With the exception of the U.S. Citizenship certificate, the approved photo ID must be current or have expired no more than four (4) years before being presented for voter qualification at the polling site.

Procedures for Voting

When a voter arrives at a polling location, the voter will be asked to present one of the seven (7) acceptable forms of photo ID. If a voter does not one of these seven IDs, but does have one of the other approved forms of ID, they must sign a statement that says they were not able to obtain one of the seven required forms of ID. If a voter does not have any of the above listed forms of ID, the voter will be permitted to cast a provisional ballot. The voter will have (six) 6 days to present proper identification to the county registrar.

Exemption/Exceptions

Voters with a disability may be eligible for a permanent exemption from the Voter ID requirement. Click here to read more more about how to apply for this permanent exemption. Voters with a disability exemption must present their voter registration cards reflecting the exemption. Please contact us or your voter registrar for more details.

Resources for Election Workers »

Handouts

Alternative Voting Options

Alternatives for people without access to traditional voting methods

Download PDF: Alternative Voting Options (362KB)

Basic Guide to Polling Place Accessibility

How to check if a polling place is accessible and in compliance with the law

Download PDF: Basic Guide to Polling Place Accessibility (403KB)

eSlate Instructions for Use

Instructions for using an eSlate.

Download PDF: eSlate Instructions for Use (396KB)

eSlate Instructions for Voters Who are Blind or have Visual Impairment

Instructions for use of the eSlate for Voters who are blind or having visual impairment.

Download PDF: eSlate Instructions for Voters Who are Blind or have Visual Impairment (7KB)

HAVA Brochure

A Guide to the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) and Your Right to Vote

Download PDF: HAVA Brochure (178KB)

How to Register to Vote in Texas

Information on how to register to vote in Texas

Download PDF: How to Register to Vote in Texas (474KB)

iVotronic Audio Ballot Vendor Description

Features/description sheet from the makers of the iVotronic Audio Ballot.

Download PDF: iVotronic Audio Ballot Vendor Description (886KB)

Polling Place Accessibility Survey - short version

A brief survey for voters, poll workers, or election officials to complete to determine if their polling site is accessible to people with disabilities.

Download PDF: Polling Place Accessibility Survey - short version (319KB)

Provisional Ballots

When and how to use a provisional ballot in Texas

Download PDF: Provisional Ballots (212KB)

Texans with Disabilities Vote Poster ENGLISH

For poll workers to display at poll sites during elections.

Download PDF: Texans with Disabilities Vote Poster ENGLISH (117KB)

Texans with Disabilities Vote Poster SPANISH/Tejanos con Discapacidades Voten Poster ESPANOL

For poll workers to display at polling sites during elections./Para que los trabajadores(as) en los sitios de votación demóstran durante las elecciones.

Download PDF: Texans with Disabilities Vote Poster SPANISH/Tejanos con Discapacidades Voten Poster ESPANOL (489KB)

Understanding HB 658 for Residential Care Facilities

Under a new state law (House Bill 658), when residential care facilities (RCFs) request five or more absentee ballots, counties are required to send election judges to deliver the ballots during early voting and oversee voting at those homes, providing assistance if necessary. This handout provides information to help RCFs with the new process.

Download PDF: Understanding HB 658 for Residential Care Facilities (269KB)

Video Demos of Voting Machine Accessibilty Features

List of links to various YouTube videos that demonstrate the use of voting machine accessibility features for people with disabilities.

Download PDF: Video Demos of Voting Machine Accessibilty Features (162KB)

Voter ID Exemption - Proving Disability

If you are a voter with a disability that does not have a photo ID, find out how you can get a permanent exemption from the photo ID requirement.

Download PDF: Voter ID Exemption - Proving Disability (381KB)

Voting Rights for People with Disabilities Picture Book - English

This easy-to-read book provides people with disabilities information about their voting rights.

Download PDF: Voting Rights for People with Disabilities Picture Book - English (1MB)

Voting Rights of People with Disabilities

An overview of voting rights of people with disabilities

Download PDF: Voting Rights of People with Disabilities (419KB)

Helpful Links

Early Voting Information

Early Voting Information

Find Out If You Are Registered to Vote

Find out if you are registered to vote

List of county election officials

List of county election officials

Request a voter registration application

Request a voter registration application

Request an application for ballot by mail

Request an application for ballot by mail

VIDEO: Supported Decision Making: An Alternative to Guardianship in Texas

Many people think that guardianship is the best way to help adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities make important decisions. The truth is, guardianship is often not necessary. Watch this news interview with the DRTx legal director to learn more about the new guardianship reform laws passed in Texas that will give people with disabilities more independence, including Supported Decision Making.

Supported Decision Making: An Alternative to Guardianship

Your Vote Matters: Voting Rights VIDEO on YouTube

"Your Vote Matters: the Voting Rights of People with Disabilities"
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