Election Resources

Note: We will update this page for the 2017 election season. 

Voter Information

  • Voter ID Law: A photo ID is required to vote in person!
    • List of approved photo ID

    • Lista de Identificación aprobado

    • On August 19, 2016, Texas Secretary of State Carlos H. Cascos reminded Texans that voters who cannot obtain a form of approved photo ID now have additional options when voting in person. These additional options apply to current and upcoming school tax elections and the November General Election.
      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 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

    • As provided by court order, if a voter is not able to obtain one of the seven forms of approved photo ID, the voter may vote by (1) signing a declaration at the polls explaining why the voter is unable to obtain one of the seven forms of approved photo ID, and (2) providing one of various forms of supporting documentation.

      • Valid voter registration certificate

      • Certified birth certificate (must be an original)

      • Copy of or original current utility bill

      • Copy of or original bank statement

      • Copy of or original government check

      • Copy of or original paycheck

      • Copy of or original government document with your name and an address (original required if it contains a photograph)

    • The voter will also need to sign a "reasonable impediment declaration," but will then be permitted to vote using a regular ballot. The voter must indicate one of the following impediments:

      • Lack of transportation

      • Disability or illness

      • Lack of birth certificate or other documents needed to obtain photo ID

      • Work schedule

      • Family responsibilities

      • Lost or stolen photo ID

      • Photo ID applied for but not received

      • Other reasonable impediment (the voter must provide a description)

    • With the exception of the U.S. citizenship certificate, the approved photo ID must be current or have expired no more than four years before being presented for voter qualification at the polling place.

    • It is also very important to note that:

      • Election officials can't question you about using one of the other types of ID.

      • Poll watchers may never question any voter about voter ID issues! 

      • The address on your ID does not have to match your voter registration address!

    • Voters with a disability may continue to apply with the county registrar for a permanent exemption to showing approved photo ID (which now may be expired no more than four years) at the polls.  Also, voters who (1) have a consistent religious objections to being photographed or (2) do not present one of the seven forms of approved photo ID because of certain natural disasters as declared by the President of the United States or the Texas Governor, may continue apply for a temporary exemption to showing approved photo ID at the polls.

    • Check the Texas Department of State's website and FAQs for more details.

  • Voting Rights (Source: Texas Secretary of State)
    • You have the right to:
      • A ballot with written instructions on how to cast a ballot.
      • Ask the polling place official for instructions on how to cast a ballot (but not suggestions on how to vote).
      • Cast your vote in secret and free from intimidation.
      • Receive up to two more ballots if you make a mistake while marking the ballot.
      • Bring an interpretor to assist you as you qualify to vote if you do not understand the English language.
      • Help to cast your ballot if you cannot write, see the ballot, or understand the language in which it was written.
      • Report a possible voting rights abuse to the Secretary of State (1-800-252-8683) or to your local election official.
      • Cast a provisional ballot if your name does not appear on the list of registered voters or you do not have proper identification.
      • Vote once at an early voting location during the early voting period within the territory conducting the election.
      • File an administrative complaint with the Secretary of State concerning violations of federal and state voting procedures.
         
  • Harris County 
    Stan Stanart
    Harris County Clerk
    Attn: Elections Division
    P.O. Box 1148
    Houston, TX 77251-1148
    Email | Fax 713-755-4983 or 713-437-8683 | Ballot By Mail

  • Fort Bend County
    Fort Bend County Elections
    301 Jackson Street
    Richmond, TX 77469         
    Email | Fax 281-341-4418 | Ballot by Mail 

  • Brazoria County 
    Joyce Hudman, County Clerk
    111 E. Locust #200
    Angleton, TX 77515
    Email | Fax 979-864-1164 | Ballot by Mail 

    Harris Votes

    • Find Your Poll & Ballot
    • Vote by Mail
    • Military & Overseas Voters
    • Early Voting
    • Sample Ballot
    • County Wide Precinct Map
    • Update Your Voter Name & Address to Match Your ID
    • Election Results

Other Resources

We will update information as it becomes available throughout the 2016 election year.