KUTX wants to help you get out and vote! Below are some resources to help get you ready.
Early voting for primary runoffs runs from June 29 to July 10, with election day scheduled for July 14. Here is what you need to know, including COVID-19 safety precautions.
If you plan on voting early, now is a great time to get your voting plan together!
Make Sure You Are Registered to Vote
Make Sure You Have the Proper ID
Here are the forms of ID accepted at Texas polling places
- 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 Handgun License 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 (book or card)
If you are between the age of 18 and 69, you can use an acceptable form of ID, even if it is expired, as long as it hasn’t been expired for more than 4 years before the date you present it at the polling place. The only exception is the U.S. Citizenship Certificate, which does not expire.
If you are 70 or older, your acceptable form of photo identification may be expired for any length of time if the identification is otherwise valid.
If you don’t have one of the forms of acceptable photo ID and cannot reasonably obtain one, then you can present one of the following supporting forms of ID at the polling place. You’ll also need to sign a Reasonable Impediment Declaration at the polling place.
- copy or original of a government document that shows the voter’s name and an address, including the voter’s voter registration certificate;
- copy of or original current utility bill;
- copy of or original bank statement;
- copy of or original government check;
- copy of or original paycheck; or
- copy of or original of (a) a certified domestic (from a U.S. state or territory) birth certificate or (b) a document confirming birth admissible in a court of law which establishes the voter’s identity (which may include a foreign birth document).
Make Sure You Know Where to Vote
If you are registered to vote in Travis or Williamson County, you can vote at any polling location in the county in which you are registered
If you live in another county you should check with your local county’s election office about where you can vote.
What About Students Who Want to Vote by Mail?
If you are attending college or university away from home, but claim residency where your parent or guardian lives, you can vote early by mail.
Your county clerk must receive your application at least 11 days before Election Day. This means they must receive your request by July 2.
Your early voting ballot must be received by your county clerk by the time polls close on Election Day, July 14.
You may also be eligible to vote early by mail if you are
- 65 years or older;
- out of the county on election day and during the period for early voting by personal appearance; or
- confined in jail, but otherwise eligible.
Check Out These Voting Resources
Keep up with debates and election information via KUT News, online or on the FM dial at 90.5 in Austin.
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- discuss Lil’ Wayne’s comments on George Floyd’s murder and explain why they often don’t want to hear their favorite artists opinions on current events.
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This week on The Breaks Confucius and Fresh discuss:
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- The Verzuz battle between Eryka Badu and Jill Scott
- Their next Verzuz style battle for the better year in hip-hop — 1998 or 1999
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Kathy Valentine’s April Book Tour dates are currently being rescheduled, but you can buy a signed copy from one of the bookstores where she was scheduled to appear. Find out where to buy your copy of All I Ever Wanted
Kathy also wrote a soundtrack to accompany her book. Check out the soundtrack to All I Ever Wanted on Bandcamp.
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