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If you are interested in American politics, international affairs and theories of power and its use or policy issues, such as water and health, then you will want to pursue Political Science or Public Service Administration. - Dr. Keith Price

Election 2020


Vote buttonThis non-partisan guide will help you find information on registering to vote, important dates, candidates, political parties, and campaign issues for the 2020 general election. The voter registration information and deadlines are for Texas voters. If you are a resident of another state, please visit Voting & Elections Toolkits and select your state to find information on voter registration and voter registration deadlines. This resource is presented by the American Library Association's Government Documents Round Table.

Beginning with the General Election on November 3, 2020, voters in Texas may no longer check one box to vote for one party’s candidates in every partisan race. Instead, voters mark a candidate for each race. Candidates representing a party are identified with a letter following their name: “R” for Republican, “D” for Democrat, “L” for Libertarian, or “G” for Green. Candidates in many local elections are nonpartisan and do not represent a party.

Voting in Texas

Election Day voting in Texas is on Tuesday, November 3, from 7 a.m to 7 p.m.

Voter Registration in Texas

Texas General Election:  Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020.

  • Last day to register to vote:  Monday, Oct. 5, 2020.
  • Last day to request an absentee or a mail-in ballot:  Friday, Oct. 23, 2020.
  • Last day to receive ballot by mail:  Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020 at 7 p.m. if the carrier envelope is not postmarked, OR Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020 at 5 p.m. if the carrier envelope is postmarked by 7 p.m. at the location of the election on Election Day (unless overseas or military voter deadlines apply).

Texas does not offer election-day voter registration. Voters must register in person or by mail (postmarked) at least 30 days before an election.


  • Age: At least 17 years and 10 months old, and 18 years old by Election Day

  • Formerly incarcerated individuals: May be eligible to vote if not on parole, on probation, or in prison

  • Mental incapacitation: Cannot vote if declared by a court exercising probate jurisdiction to be either totally or partially mentally incapacitated without the right to vote

  • Citizenship: Must be a U.S. citizen

  • Residence: Must be a resident of the county in Texas where you submit the application

  • College students can either vote absentee in their home state or register to vote in TX

  • Check to see if you are already registered

For more information, please visit the Texas Secretary of State.

Mail-in Registration

Printable forms (in English and Spanish). You will need to mail your voter registration to your county voter registration official.

In-Person Registration

You can also register in person at your county's Voter Registrar's Office.


Updating Your Voter Registration

To update your registration after a move, name change, or other registration information change, submit a new voter registration form to your voter registrar. If you have moved to a new location in the same county, you may submit an address change online.

Cancelling Your Voter Registration

The voter registrar in each county maintains the voter rolls. To remove someone from a voter roll, please contact the local voter registrar. The Texas Secretary of State's Office maintains a list of County Voter Registrars offices.

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