How to Vote in The Upcoming Republican Primary

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How to Register to Vote in Texas

Voting is one of the greatest rights and privileges that the American people have. Like most Americans who exercise this right, Rick Walker takes voting seriously. To help you complete the registration process, Walker offers the following voter registration guide.

Being eligible to vote

Registering to vote in Texas is easy. Before you can register, you must make sure you are eligible. In Texas you must be:

  • A United States citizen
  • A resident of the Texas county where you submit the voter registration application
  • At least 18 years of age on Election Day (you can register at 17 years and 10 months)

In addition, you must not be:

  • A convicted felon (unless your sentence is completed, including any probation or parole)
  • Declared mentally incapacitated by a court of law

Registering to vote

There are a number of ways to register to vote in Texas:

  • Register in person at your county Voter Registrar’s office. Find your county’s office here.
  • Register by mail:
    • Request a postage-paid application by filling in this form. This must be mailed to the voter registrar in your county.
    • Get a Voter Registration Application at many post offices, libraries and some schools throughout Texas. Or at get applications at Texas Department of Public Safety offices and Texas Health and Human Services Commission offices. Then complete the form and mail it to the voter registrar in your county.
    • Download and complete the online Voter Registration Application (there is no online voter registration) from the Texas Secretary of State website. Then print and mail it to your county’s Voter Registrar office. Until you have completed the online application and mailed it to your local county Voter Registrar, you are not registered to vote.
  • Active duty military, spouses and dependents as well as nonmilitary US citizens living temporarily or permanently overseas who are voting outside their home Texas county can use the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) for voter registration and for requesting a ballot.

Not sure if you’re registered?

If you are not sure whether or not you have already registered, you can visit the Texas Voter Information Website and provide some identifying information. The site also offers details on your polling location, early voting locations and key election dates.

Do I need an ID?

On election day, everyone who votes in person in the state of Texas is required to show at least one valid photo ID. Below are the acceptable forms of photo ID that Texas voters can use at the polls:

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

Register and vote!

For even more information about voter registration and voting in Texas, visit VoteTexas.gov. If you are not already registered to vote in Texas, do it now. If you don’t register, you can’t exercise your right to vote. Register today and vote for Rick Walker for Congress.

Key Dates for the 2018 Republican Primary:

Election Day: Tuesday, March 6, 2018 (Polls are open from 7:ooAM until 7:00PM)

First day to apply for a ballot by mail using Application for a Ballot by Mail (ABBM) or Federal Postcard Application (FPCA) is Monday, January 1, 2018*
*First day to file does not move because of New Year’s Day holiday. An “Annual ABBM” or FPCA for a January or February 2018 election may be filed earlier, but not earlier than the 60th day before the date of the January or February election.

Last Day to Register to Vote is Monday, February 5, 2018*
*Actual deadline falls on Sunday but moves to the next business day.

First Day of Early Voting is Tuesday, February 20, 2018*
*First business day after Presidents’ DayLast Day to Apply for Ballot by Mail (Received, not Postmarked)

Friday, February 23, 2018 is Last Day of Early Voting

Friday, March 2, 2018 is the Last day to Receive Ballot by Mail

Tuesday, March 6, 2018 (Election Day) at 7:00 p.m. if carrier envelope is not postmarked, OR Wednesday, March 7, 2018 (next business day after Election Day) at 5:00 p.m. if carrier envelope is postmarked by 7:00 p.m. at the location of the election on Election Day (unless overseas or military voter deadlines apply)⁴