voters must register by February 1 for March 1 Primary Election
January 26, 2016
Contact: Alicia Pierce or Mari Bergman
AUSTIN, TX – Today, Texas Secretary of State Carlos Cascos reminded Texans that February 1 is the deadline to register in time for the March 1 Primary Election.
“I encourage all qualified Texans who aren’t already registered or who need to update their registrations to do so before the February 1 deadline,” said Secretary Cascos. “This primary election will help decide which candidates will be on the ballot in November.”
Texans can register to vote in several ways including downloading a mail-in application at VoteTexas.gov. Applications must be postmarked February 1 or earlier to meet the deadline. Eligible voters may also apply in person at their county voter registrar’s office.
Texans can check their registration status through VoteTexas.gov and even make updates online if they are not changing their county of registration. The 30-day deadline also applies to registration updates such as changing your address.
Texans do not select a party when registering. Qualified voters are free to vote in either the Republican or Democratic Primary, but not both. This includes the primary runoff election.
Early voting begins February 16 and continues through February 26. The deadline to request a ballot by mail is February 19.
Photo ID is currently required for voting in person. The seven forms of approved photo ID are:
- 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
With the exception of the U.S. citizenship certificate, the identification must be current or have expired no more than 60 days before being presented at the polling place.