Monday, September 28, 2020

REGISTERING TO VOTE

Where can I pick up a registration card?

Postage-paid voter registration applications (for new registrations or updates) are available at the Tarrant County Elections Center, all Tarrant County subcourthouses, U.S. post offices, city halls, libraries and public assistance offices in Tarrant County. In Arlington, they can be found in any of the Arlington Public Library locations. If you would like to pick up a voter registration card from the George W. Hawkes Downtown Library, you may pick one up through curbside service while the Downtown Library is closed. 

Voter registration cards are available in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese. 

How do I check if I am registered to vote?

Go to Tarrant County’s Voter Information page and select “Voter Lookup.” 

What if I need to change or update my address?

 If you need to change or update your address and were previously registered in Tarrant County, you can update it online here. If you were previously registered in another county, you will need to change or update your address by filling out a voter registration application. 

Important Dates for the 2020 US General Elections

Last Day to Register to Vote: Monday, October 5, 2020

Early Voting Begins: Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Last Day to Apply for Ballot by Mail: Friday, October 23, 2020 - must be received by this date, cannot be postmarked on this date!
Last Day of Early Voting: Friday, October 30, 2020
Election Day: Tuesday, November 3, 2020 (7 a.m. - 7 p.m.)

THE VOTING PROCESS 

Find Your Polling Location

Polling locations may change, so it is important to always check where you can vote before you head out. Check the Texas Secretary of State Am I Registered page to see where your early voting polling location is. 

How can I find my sample ballot?

Look up your voter registration on Tarrant County’s Voter Lookup page. It will show you both early voting poll locations, general election poll locations, and a sample ballot. If you have opted out and do not have your voter information on the website, please call 

What Should I Bring When I Vote?

A valid photo identification (ID) card is required to vote in-person. Except for the U.S. citizenship certificate, the photo ID must be current or have expired no more than four years before being presented for voter qualification at the polling place.

  • 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 Handgun License 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 (book or card)  

For more information about photo ID requirements, please go to the Tarrant County page here.

Video Resources

Be a Texas Voter! Voter Education Series by League of Women Voters Texas

APL VOTES

Join the Library in a recorded Zoom interview with Andrea from MOVE Texas as she talks about what the voting process in Texas is like, when important voting dates are, and the differences between local, state, and national elections.

MOVE Texas is a nonpartisan, nonprofit, grassroots organization building power in underrepresented youth communities through civic education, leadership development, and issue advocacy. They are a 501(c)(4) nonprofit organization. It is affiliated with, but should not be confused with MOVE Texas Civic Fund, a 501(c)3 nonprofit program of the Alliance for Youth Organizing.

This program is part of a series called APL Votes. All programs are prerecorded on Zoom and will be uploaded to Facebook and YouTube. Additional topics will be:

  • What Your Vote Means to US with MOVE Texas on Monday, October 12
  • The History of Voting on Monday with Allan Saxe on November 2

Additional Resources

Tarrant County Elections: https://www.tarrantcounty.com/en/elections.html 

Be a Texas Voter: http://beatexasvoter.org/ 

League of Women Voters Tarrant County: https://my.lwv.org/texas/tarrant-county

Vote.org: https://www.vote.org/