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FAQ

The below Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) have been compiled with the November 4, 2014 General and Special Elections in mind. We hope that you will take a moment to review these pages, as you may find the answers to questions of your own. We encourage you to explore our website for more detailed information on elections and voting in Texas. We hope you find this useful, and we appreciate this opportunity to serve you. Note: We have grouped questions and answers in categories and provided links to additional information when needed.

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Provisional Voting

Provisional voting is designed to allow a voter whose name does not appear on the list of registered voters due to an administrative error to vote. The provisional voting process involves an affidavit that (1) the voter must complete stating the reasons he or she is qualified to vote; and (2) is used if the voter cannot be qualified by the methods described above.

Provisional voting is also designed to allow voters who do not have a permanent exemption or photo identification with them at the polling place to vote. This process requires the voter to visit the voter registrar’s office within six (6) calendar days of the date of the election to either present one of the above forms of photo ID OR submit one of the temporary affidavits (e.g., religious objection or natural disaster) in the presence of the county voter registrar while attesting to the fact that he or she does not have any of the required photo IDs.

Additionally, the cast provisional ballots are kept separately from the regular ballots and the voter’s records will be reviewed by the provisional voting ballot board (the early voting ballot board), to determine if the ballot is to be counted or rejected. Provisional voters will receive a notice in the mail by the 10th day after the local canvass advising them if their provisional ballots were counted, and if they were not counted, the reason why.

Military & Overseas Voters

Please note that registering with a federal post card application (typically used by the military and overseas voters) is now treated as a request for permanent registration. There are also special provisions for military and overseas voters that are available on our website. However, military and overseas voters are welcome to use the regular registration and early voting by mail process available to all voters away from their home county on Election Day.

Voters with Special Needs

Rather than providing sample questions & answers, we are directing you to special needs information on our website to ensure that you are fully informed on the services available to you.

Student Voters

Student voters often seek advice regarding residency issues for voter registration purposes. Information regarding student residency issues is available on this website.

Convicted Felons and Voting

In Texas, a convicted felon regains the right to vote after completing his or her sentence. Therefore, once you have completed the punishment phase (including any term of incarceration, parole, or supervision, or completed a period of probation ordered by the court), you would be eligible to register and vote in the state of Texas.

Liquor Elections

For information on the local option liquor petition and election process in Texas, you may review our office’s educational materials that are posted on our website.

Political Parties

For information on registered political parties in Texas, please contact those organizations directly:

Additional Information

We have information located in various sections of our website – “Candidates” and “Conducting Your Elections” (for election administrators) just to name a few. We have moved voter specific information to our website, votetexas.gov. You will notice that some materials are repeated in different places–our hope is to gear each section to the audience for easier bookmarking and future use.

Thank you. Should you need additional information, please e-mail or call us at 1-800-252-VOTE(8683).


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