It’s time to vote!

Voter suppression has always been a tool to white supremacy. Let’s take back our power. Voting can be confusing af, we know. So we’re here to break it down for you. Get all the info you need to vote in the upcoming elections.

Are you registered to vote where you normally live?

Let’s start here. Normally is italicized here because we want to emphasize how these upcming elections are more than unique considering the pandemic. We know so many people, especially young, college students are staying with family during this time which may happen to be away from the county the school is. Being registered around where your normally live is important because this is the space that impacts you most (and it’s also a tool we can use later.) So request a voter registration card to be mailed to you and mail it to your elections office by the deadline.

Okay, so when do I need to register by?

The last day to register to vote for the November election is October 5. Get your VR card here or put on your mask and go to your elections office to register. SHARE THE KNOWLEDGE.

Vote by Mail

If you’ve been keeping up, (which gosh this is our job and we were still struggling to do so) you know that Texas has been in a long, drawn out tennins match for vote by mail. It was allowed. Then it wasn’t. Then it was allowed. Then it wasn’t. And so forth. Currently, Texas Supreme Court ruled that fear of contracting of COVID-19 was not a valid reason to check the disability box and apply for absentee ballot. But, we are working on it, promise!! Many of you are probably still eligible for an absentee ballot. Let’s discuss:

Who is elibible for a mail-in ballot?

According to the Texas Secretary of State website, you are eligible to vote by mail if:

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

All important info for you to know, but the out of county on election day one is what we are going to focus on for our following. The pandemic has many college students living at home, perhaps out of the county where their school is and where they are registered to vote in. Here’s your in! You can apply for a mail-in ballot on these terms. Find the application on the unfortunately acronymed Texas SOS website.

Mail-in Ballot deadlines pls?

Got you! The deadline to apply for a mail-in ballot for the November election is October 23. When you receive your ballot, make sure to mail it to your county’s election office by Election Day Novemeber 3.

Going to the polls during a pandemic – HELP?

Because of everything said above, we know there’s still a LARGE chunk of people who are being ignored. We get it, but we must do all that we can to protect ourselves and our communities. There’s a global pandemic outside and elections are still happening. Who let us? What we don’t want is a repeat of the July election. Counties handled the situation differently some increased their budgets to include more supplies for mail-in ballots and for cleaning supplies and storage to make polling locations safer. Some did not account for this. (Go girl give us nothing!) Along with fighting for vote-by-mail, we will be pushing elections office to do better.

Early Voting

Please utilize the early voting period! You will experience less wait times and person-to-person contact since voting is spread throughout this time and less people know about it. Wear your mask, wear gloves, bring hand sanitizer, bring your own pen, keep your distance, and utilize curbside voting if eligible.

  • Early voting period for November election: Oct. 19-30

Election Day

Although we wish the state could have done more for you, sadly so many will still have to choose betweent their health and their vote come Election Day. Spread the word on the absentee to ballot to as many people who may eligible as you can. 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. At polling locations this may all be difficult, but we must do our best!

  • November Election Day: Nov. 3

Ready to head to the polls? Make sure to check out the candidates platforms first!

Obviously, there’s more to voting then checking the box. Take some time to check out VOTE411.org to compare your local candidates! Happy and safe voting, y’all!

What do I bring to vote?

You don’t need much to vote, but it’s important that you bring your ID. Let’s say it again, BRING YOUR ID. Driver’s license or state ID, regardless, BRING IT.  If you don’t have either, look to all the forms of identification you may use listed below:

  • Driver license
  • Texas Election Identification Certificate
  • 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

If you don’t have any of the above, but know you are registered, you can sign a “declaration of reasonable impediment” and vote a regular ballot by presenting one of the following:

  • Valid voter registration certificate (card)
  • Certified birth certificate (original)
  • Current utility bill
  • Bank statement
  • Government check
  • Paycheck
  • Any other government document with the individual’s name and address (original)

Wait! My address on my ID is different than where I registered to vote!!!
That’s okay as long as your name is the same.

Difficulties at the polls?

Sometimes shit happens at the polls that doesn’t feel right, but don’t worry – we have friends for that. Amazing lawyers run a hotline for anyone that has issues at the ballot box, don’t hesitate to reach out.

Registered voters without photo ID but present the alternate documents listed above and sign the declaration form can vote a regular ballot. If you are still experiencing difficulties or are being questioned about your voter registration status you may call one of the following:

  • (866) OUR-VOTE
    English
  • (888) VE-Y-VOTA
    Spanish
  • (888) API-VOTE
    Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean, Vietnamese, Bengali, Urdu, Hindi, and Tagalog