2020 General Election Voter Reference Sheet

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Are you registered to vote? 

Are your co-workers registered? 

How about your family members or neighbors?

The 2020 General Election is Nov. 3, 2020, and the deadline in Texas to register to vote or update your voter information is Oct. 5, 2020. Texas Children’s Government Relations department is leading our System efforts to make sure the answer to all of these questions is, “YES!”. 

Every US citizen has a right to vote, and here is some information to consider and help you participate in this year’s general election. 

Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020 - General Election

  • Last Day to Register to Vote - Oct. 5, 2020
  • Early Voting - 2020 General Election - Oct. 13 - 30, 2020
  • Last day to Receive Ballot by Mail (* ballot must be received at polling place or post marked by this time) - Nov. 3, 2020 (*7 PM)
  • 2020 General Election - Nov. 3, 2020

Are You Registered to Vote at Your Current Address?

  • Visit the Texas Secretary of State’s website here to check if you are registered to vote. 
  • Not Registered? Remember the deadline to register is Oct. 5th, to vote in the Nov. 3rd General Election. Fill, print and mail a voter application from the Texas Secretary of State here.  
  • When Filling out the Voter Registration Application Form: 
    1. Review the application carefully when filling it out:  
      • Write legibly 
      • Choose an option for all four questions under part 1 
      • Your residence (#3) is where you live. Your mailing address (#4) is where you receive mail.  If these are the same, you can write "same" for part 4. 
      • If this is your first time registering to vote in Texas, you can write "N/A" in part 5. 
      • You must sign and date the application including writing out full 2020 as the year.   
    2. Stamp and envelope needed! Print form and address envelope to registrar address indicated in the top right of the printed form. Place the form in the closest U.S. Postal Service mailbox. 
    3. To confirm your voter registration was received and processed, visit this website two weeks after mailing this form here.

General Election Ballot Info

- If you do not vote early your ONLY option to vote is on Election Day -

Voting & Voter Registration Info by County

Make Your Plan to Vote

  1. Check you registration status here
    • Please remember there is no on-site registration on Election Day and the deadline to register is Oct. 5, 2020 so check your status and update your information as soon as possible.
    • What if I'm not registered?
      • You can register to vote in person up to 30 days prior to every election at your local Voter Registrar's office (Check your County’s website link left) or Voter registration applications are also available here
  2. What are my voting options? 
    • Voting Absentee/Vote by Mail
      • Will you or someone you know be oversees or serving in the military? Find more on absentee voting here
      • Vote by mail? In Texas, you must meet specific criteria to request a mail-in ballot. Lack of immunity to COVID-19 IS NOT an approved disability. See if you qualify here
    • Early Voting
      • If you choose to vote early or on Election Day, make sure you know:
        • What time of day you plan to vote? (Before or after work?)
        • Where are the polling locations? Polling locations
        • How you will get to the polls? Need Assistance?
        • Harris, Fort Bend and Brazoria county registered voters may use any polling place in their county.
  3. Voter Identification Is The Law In Texas – Bring It so there are no barriers to Vote!
    • Here is a list of the acceptable forms of photo ID:
      • 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)
    • No ID? Apply for an Election Identification Certificate to present at your polling place here
    • More info on Voter ID here
  4. What Will Be On My General Election Ballot?
    • Who currently represents you? Find out here
    • Sample ballots can be found using your address through these websites
  5. Tell Your Family & Friends To Vote!
    • Once your plan is complete, share this info to empower your friends and family to plan their vote too.

Please contact Orlando Jones with Texas Children’s Government Relations department with any questions at ogjones@texaschildrens.org

Texas Children’s non-partisan voter education activities are executed in collaboration with the Children’s Hospital Association guidelines on Permissible Nonpartisan Candidate and Voter Education Activities, which can be found here. All materials and publications associated with Texas Children’s voter education and registration activities are in no way intended to reflect an endorsement for, or opposition to, any candidate or political party.