Check your registration status on VoteTexas.gov or by contacting your county voter registrar's office.
Can I register to vote online in Texas?
No, Texas is one of nine states that do not allow this.
I'm in the armed forces or otherwise overseas. How do I register to vote?
Contact the Federal Voting Assistance Program. They'll be able to help, as the rules are different for you than for people living in the U.S.
I'm a student -- where do I register to vote, at school or at home?
It's up to you. Just remember you must pick one location where you'll register and vote.
Can I vote early by mail?
You can vote by mail if you will be away from your county on Election Day and during the hours that early voting is conducted; are sick or disabled; are 65 years of age or older on Election Day; or you are in jail.
Does lack of immunity to COVID-19 qualify me for a mail-in ballot?
The Texas Supreme Court has ruled that voters can take their lack of immunity into consideration when determing whether, considered along with other health factors, they qualify as having a disability, and thus, eligible for a mail-in ballot. Voters do not have to define their disability on their mail-in ballot application. The Supreme Court also said county election officials have no responsibility to question or investigate a mail-in ballot application that is valid on its face. It's unclear, but appears unlikely, that individual voters would face charges. Keith Ingram, the state's director of elections, has told the courts that he does not know whether anyone had been prosecuted for fraudulent use of an application for ballot by mail in the last 20 years. He also acknowledged that for the state to prosecute, it would have to prove that a voter acted "intentionally or with knowledge of his or her fraudulent conduct."
How do I request a mail-in ballot? When's my deadline?
Fill out an application for ballot by mail and hand it in to your county elections office. There are several ways of turning it in: Either drop it off in person before the start of early voting, which begins Oct. 13, or mail it. Local election officials have to have received your applications by Oct. 23. The application can also be submitted by fax or email, but you'll still have to send it again by mail within four business days. Military or overseas voters can get more information on requesting a ballot here.
Do mail-in or provisional ballots only get counted if a race is close?
Nope, that's a common misconception. All valid mail-in applications and approved provisional ballots wil be counted — they just may not make it into the unofficial count that in years past has come out on Election Night. This year, however, with increased mail-in voting expected, there may not be enough votes collected on Election Night to even produce a reliable unofficial count.
I registered to vote. What do I need to do with the postcard I received in the mail?
That's your voter registration certificate. Read the information on the back of the certificate and make sure it's right, sign by the X on the front of the card (the yellow area). If you need to make changes, make them, sign the card, then mail it back to the registrar. If no changes are necessary, no need to do anything. You do not need to bring the card to vote in person (just acceptable forms of identification), but it can't hurt to bring it just in case you need it as back-up.
What do I need to bring with me to vote?
You'll need one of seven acceptable forms of photo ID: Texas Driver License issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety; Texas Election Identification Certificate; Texas Personal Identification Card; Texas Handgun License; United States Military Identification Card containing the person’s photograph; U.S. Citizenship Certificate containing your photograph; or U.S. Passport.
If you can't reasonably obtain one of these, you can still cast a ballot by presenting a supporting form of ID (such as a voter registration certificate, utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or birth certificate) and signing what's called a Reasonable Impediment Declaration.
Can I use expired ID as my photo identification?
For voters under 70, yes, as long as it's not more than four years expired by the date you're trying to use it to vote. For voters 70 or older, expiration does not matter as long as the identification is otherwise valid.
I waited in a long line to vote, only to realize I left my ID at home. Can I still vote?
Yes, but the process is a bit more complicated. Of course you can always get your ID and return to the polling place. If you'd prefer to stay, you can cast what's called a provisional ballot. Think of it as a conditional ballot. It will only count on the condition that you bring the ID to the county voter registrar’s office by the sixth calendar day after Election Day (Nov. 9).
Does the address on my ID have to match my address on the official list of registered voters?
Where do I go to vote in-person?
If you're a Midland County resident, check here. For other counties, check your voter registrar's website listed by county here.
October 5, 2020
Last day to register to vote
October 13, 2020
First day of early voting
October 23, 2020
Last day to apply for ballot by mail (received, not postmarked)
October 30, 2020
Last day of early voting
November 3, 2020
Midland College Trustee District
Midland College’s seats are at-large positions, so a person can run for any seat, and all eligible voters within the college district vote on each place.
As a business owner, Carrasco sees the future of Midland College being even more complementary to the business community.
Will R. Green
Green believes Midland College leadership has been effective during his time on the board and is asking voters for another six years to represent them.
R. Shaun Rainey
Rainey said from an input standpoint, it is time to “reinvigorate the board with fresh information” and that community input will tell the board if Midland College is meeting the needs from a community standpoint and business standpoint.”
Fuller, the longest-serving member of the board of trustees, is seeking another term to lead east Midland.
Booker, a lifelong Midlander and graduate of Midland ISD schools, said there is no reason that Midland ISD can’t perform better academically and that the district needs to do more to keep its facilities “top-notch.”
Matt Reyes Galindo
Galindo said he is not running as part of a political action group but will take his cues from the District 1 residents and MISD families.
Marquez, who is seeking another term, wants to finish what he started.
Davis, a Midlander for the last six years and MISD volunteer for the past four, said the district has continually failed the students and families in the district with inadequate curriculum and underperforming programs such as iStation and Imagine Math.
Vargas, a Texas Department of Public Safety trooper, said leadership -- from the superintendent’s office on down to campuses and in classrooms -- is what he believes will fix an ailing district. He believes that reform is necessary. He says the issues are systemic. He claims the lack of accountability is making policies useless.
Diehl is running for school board as a pro-teacher, pro-student candidate.
Katie Wallace Joyner
Joyner is running for school board because residents deserve board members who are willing to ask the hard questions, do the research and listen to the community’s concerns.
The three-member Texas Railroad Commission regulates the state's oil and gas industry. Wright's upset victory in the GOP primary gives Democrats a rare opportunity to win a seat, political analysts say.
James "Jim" Wright
Wright is a rancher and energy business owner whose oil field waste facility was shut down by the agency in 2017. He is calling for reforms and transparency.
Castaneda, a former engineer and current oil and gas lawyer, wants to 'stop the waste and abuse of our precious natural resources.'
Sterett runs a data business serving oil and gas companies and wants to cut down on gas flaring and simplify industry regulations.
Katija “Kat” Gruene
Gruene, the Green Party candidate, says she wants to be elected so she can 'stand up against' the leaders of 'toxic' fossil fuel industries.