Voting


How do I check my voter registration status?

Visit the Texas Secretary of State’s registration status website here.


How do I register to vote?

You may fill out a voter registration application online, print it, sign it, and mail it to the Harris County Voter Registrar at the following address:

Tax Assessor-Collection
Ann Harris Bennett
P.O. Box 3527
Houston, TX 77253

In-person registration is not available at this time due to the coronavirus pandemic. Some libraries, government offices, and high schools may have applications available for pick-up.

The last day to register to vote for the November 3, 2020 election is October 5, 2020. Your application must be received in the Voter Registrar’s office or postmarked at least 30 days before an election to be eligible.

You are eligible to register to vote if:

  • You are a United States citizen;
  • You are a resident of the county where you submit the application;
  • You are at least 17 years and 10 months old, and you are 18 years of age on
    Election Day.
  • You are not a convicted felon (you may be eligible to vote if you have completed your sentence, probation, and parole); and
  • You have not been declared by a court exercising probate jurisdiction to be either totally mentally incapacitated or partially mentally incapacitated without the right to vote.


How do I apply by mail-in ballot?

To be eligible to vote early by mail in Texas, you must:

  • be 65 years or older;
  • be disabled;
  • be out of the county on election day and during the period for early voting by personal appearance; or
  • be confined in jail, but otherwise eligible.

A voter qualifies as disabled if they believe that their physical condition is such that “in-person voting will cause a likelihood of injury” to their health. Pregnant women are also covered in the disability category. The Texas Supreme Court ruled that a lack of immunity to COVID may be considered as a factor in determining whether in-person voting creates a “likelihood of injury” to the voter’s health, but it can’t be the sole factor. It is the responsibility of voters to make their own health determinations, and the County Clerk’s Office does not have the authority to question the voter’s judgment.

Instructions for submitting an Application for Ballot by Mail (“ABBM”):

  1. Print (PDF) the ABBM form
  2. OR submit an order online and an ABBM will be mailed to you.
  3. Complete Sections 1 through 8.
  4. Sign and Date Section 10.
  5. If you were unable to sign the application and someone witnessed your signature, that person must complete Section 11.
  6. If someone helped you complete the application or mailed the application for you, that person must complete Section 11.
  7. Affix postage.
    1. If you printed the application you must place it in your own envelope and add postage.
    2. If you ordered the application online and it was mailed to you - fold the application in half, moisten top tab, seal and add postage.
  8. Address and mail the completed ABBM to the Early Voting Clerk in Harris County. You may also fax the application if a fax machine is available in the early voting clerk’s office.  You also have the option of submitting a scanned copy of the completed and signed application to the Early Voting Clerk via email. If an ABBM is faxed or emailed, then the original, hard copy of the application MUST be mailed and received by the early voting clerk no later than the 4th business day.
    1. The Early Voting Clerk is the County Clerk or Elections Administrator for your county
    2. Send your application to the Harris County Voting Clerk at:
      • Chris Hollins
        Harris County Clerk
        Attn: Elections Division
        P.O. Box 1148
        Houston, TX 77251-1148
    3. If you are also sending an application for ballot by mail through fax or email, send your application to:

 

How do I return my marked ballot to the Election office?

A marked mail ballot must be returned to the early voting clerk in the official carrier envelope. The carrier envelope may be delivered in another envelope, but must be transported and delivered by mail or common or contract carrier.  Harris County Clerk Chris Collins has also stated mail-in ballots may be dropped off in-person (with correct identification) at 11 different locations during Early Voting and on Election Day. Those locations can be found here


When is early voting?

Early voting runs from October 13, 2020 to October 30, 2020.


What identification is necessary for in-person voting?

If you possess one of the following forms of acceptable photo identification, you must present it when voting in person:

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


Where can I vote in-person?

The Harris County Clerk has posted all early voting locations here.  Any qualified voter may vote in person at the main early voting polling place or at any other designated early voting branch location during designated times.  Election Day voting locations will be posted at a later date.


What will be on my ballot?

You can find your sample ballot here.


What are the poll hours on Election Day?

Election Day polling sites are open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Additional FAQs may be answered at harrisvotes.com/FAQ.