It’s Election time! This November, Texas will be having its midterm elections consisting of a many heavy-hitters on the ballot.. Texans are preparing [yet again] to get a say in local races, citywide, and statewide. At MOVE Texas, we’re all about local democracy, it’s where we started out, and we want to make sure you know everything you need to know to weigh in and cast your vote.
Oct. 11: Voter Registration Deadline (Click here to check if you’re registered to vote!)
Early Voting: Oct. 24-Nov. 4
Last day to apply for mail-in ballot: Oct. 28
Election Day: Nov. 8
What’s a Midterm Election?
This is what many refer to as an “off-year” election, but on the contrary, these are the elections where Texans take the most on. Midterm elections determine the many state leaders who hold the power to change just about anything that happens right outside our doorstep. Up to the plate are the following offices: the governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, comptroller, land commissioner and agriculture commissioner, all U.S. representatives, state senators, state representatives and members of the State Board of Education. Not to mention, many communities in our state will also hold elections for city council, county offices, school board offices, and propositions. Want more insight as to WHY you should vote down ballot? Check out our voter guide.
EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO MAKE A PLAN TO VOTE
Only cuties vote early (if you vote early you’re a cutie, that’s the rule). It’s the best, most flexible, and absolute safest way to vote! Avoid the long Election Day lines and vote on a Sunday if it’s an option!
- Early Voting: Oct. 24-Nov. 4
VOTING BY MAIL
According to the Texas Secretary of State (the person in charge of our elections), you are eligible to vote by mail if you are:
- 65 years or older
- Out of the county on election day and during the period for early voting by personal appearance
- Confined in jail, but otherwise eligible
The deadline to apply for a vote by mail ballot for the midterms elections is Friday, October 28, 2022. To be clear, your county election’s department must receive your application by the deadline; received, not postmarked. Find an application here. Once you receive your ballot after you apply, make sure it is returned to your county’s elections department by no later than the next business day after each respective Election Day at 5:00 p.m.
We’re celebrating vaccines as much as you are, but remember, y’all, we’re still in a whole pandemic. Although we wish the state could have done more for you, sadly so many will still have to choose between their health and their vote come Election Day. If you choose to go to the polls, once again, wear your mask, wear gloves, bring hand sanitizer, bring your own pen, and keep your distance.
If you see your county on this list, yeehaw! It means your county participates in the “countywide polling place program” which is a fancy way of saying you can vote at *any* polling place in your county on Election Day, not just at your assigned precinct location. Yay for pro-voter convenience.
You’ve made it this far – you can have a lil playlist as a treat! We put together some of our favorite Texans to listen to while you’re in line to vote. Thanks for being a voter!
WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING
All you’ll need to actually vote is a little time out of your day and one valid form of I.D. The acceptable forms of ID are:
- Texas Driver License
- Texas Election Certificate
- Texas Personal I.D.
- Texas Handgun License
- U.S. Military I.D. (w/ picture)
- Citizenship or Naturalization Certificate (w/ picture)
- U.S. Passport (book or card)
If you don’t have access to any of these, you can request a “Reasonable Impediment Declaration” and present any one of these alternative forms of identification:
- Birth Certificate
- Current Utility Bill
- Government Check
- Any other government document with your name and address
FIND MY POLLING LOCATION
Put in your address and find your precinct’s polling place:
How do I get there?
No ride, no problem. Our friends at RideShare2Vote can help ya out with a *free* round trip to the polls and back. Just make sure you request your ride 2 hours in advance!
To schedule your free ride: Click here or call us at 888-977-2250.
Problems at the Polls
Voting is easy, but sometimes sh*t happens at the polls that doesn’t feel right. Don’t worry, we have friends for that. Don’t hesitate to reach out:
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Who am I voting for?
To find what is exactly on YOUR ballot, use the widget below to put in your address and see your ballot!