Early Voting: Where, when, and how to vote

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AUSTIN (Talk1370.com) -- Early voting is underway for the November 3 election.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, many of the usual voting locations across Central Texas have changed this year. Check your county's election site for the latest details on sites that are available to you.

You can find out what's on your ballot and your nearest polling place at Vote411.org. The League of Women Voters of the Austin Area has also published its non-partisan Voters Guide, featuring a list of all candidates who have qualified for the ballot in each race along with candidates' answers to questions on issues in each race.

Important Dates To Know

  • October 13: Early voting begins (dates and hours will vary depending on which county you live in)
  • October 23: Last day to request an absentee ballot
  • October 30: Early voting ends
  • November 3: Election Day, absentee ballots must be postmarked or hand-delivered by 7 p.m.
  • December 15: Runoff Elections, if needed

Voting In-Person

To cast your ballot in person, you'll need one of seven valid forms of identification.

  • Texas Drivers License
  • Texas Election Certificate
  • Texas Personal ID card
  • Texas Handgun License
  • U.S Citizenship Certificate with photo
  • U.S Military ID with photo
  • U.S passport

You can also vote using one of the following alternative forms of identification, along with signing a Voter's Reasonable Impediment Declaration. The accepted forms of alternative ID include:

  • A government document that includes your name and address. You must also have your Voter Registration Certificate
  • A paycheck or government check
  • A bank statement
  • A current utility bill
  • A birth certificate

Mail-in voting

Texas law allows for you to request a mail-in ballot if you meet one of the following criteria:
  • Be 65 years old or older
  • Be sick or disabled
  • Be out of the country on Election Day or during early voting
  • Be confined in jail but still eligible to vote