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What you need to know before hitting the polls

In a little over a month, Texas voters will decide the fate of their state.

Will it stay red, turn purple or even all the way blue?

There's quite a few statewide positions up during the midterm election, not to mention the local positions open, too.

If you want to have your voice heard through your vote then there's an important date coming up, October 9.

That's the last day to register to vote for the midterm election.

Places you can do that include the county voter registrar's office and many post offices or libraries can help you as well.

Remember, in Texas you can't register to vote online.

If you need to cast your vote by mail, an important date for you is October 26.

That is the deadline to apply. Applying by mail can only be done because of four reasons:

  1. Sick or disabled
  2. Age 65 or older by election day
  3. Out of town for both early voting and Election Day
  4. In jail (Not convicted of a felony)

Early voting is October 22 until November 2.

Local voting locations can be found here.

Let's get to Election Day, November 6.

Remember, on this day you can only vote from your designated polling location in your precinct, whereas during early voting you could vote at any location.

Items needed to vote: (a valid photo ID)

  • Texas Drivers' License
  • Texas Election Identification Card
  • Personal Identification Card
  • Texas Handgun License
  • U.S. Military ID Card
  • Citizenship Certificate
  • Passport

You can still vote WITHOUT a photo ID if you sign a form saying you have a reason for voting without the above-mentioned items, and you have one of the following:

  • Voter Registration Certificate
  • Certified Birth Certificate
  • Utility Bill
  • Bank Statement
  • Check

There's also something that might seem silly, but it can stop you from voting - your clothing.

Wearing any type of campaign gear could result in you being turned away from the polls. That's called electioneering and it's illegal.

Another no-no is taking selfies. You can't take a selfie inside a polling location, but you can take one outside! Make sure to keep your cell phone put away while inside the building.

Other than that, Happy Voting!