Election 2020

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Election 2020

Posted by on Sep 8, 2020

KUTX wants to help you get out and vote! Below are some resources to help get you ready.

Early voting runs from October 13 to October 30, with election day scheduled for November 3.

Get up-to-date news on elections and voting from our sister station, KUT 90.5.

Make Sure You Are Registered to Vote


You can check your voter registration information here.

The last day to register to vote is October 5. More information on how to register to vote can be found here.

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.

You can obtain an Election Identification Certificate from DPS driver license offices by appointment only, due to COVID-19.

Find mobile station locations here.

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).

Find more detailed information about Voter ID Requirements

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

Check out this list of Election Day Polling Locations in Travis County.

Current wait times for polling locations in Travis County.

Check out this list of Election Day Polling Locations in Williamson County

Current wait times for polling locations in Williamson County.

If you live in another county you should check with your local county’s election office about where you can vote.

You can find your polling location using this locator from the Texas Secretary of State

Find a full list of elections offices here

 

What About Voting By Mail?


You may be eligible to vote early by mail if you are

  • 65 years or older;
  • disabled;
  • out of the county on election day and during the period for early voting by personal appearance; or
  • confined in jail, but otherwise eligible.

If you plan to vote by mail, you must apply for a ballot. Follow these instructions.

Also, be aware that due to demand, mail-in ballot applications should be completed as soon as possible to guarantee that you receive your ballot and can return it in time for election day. This article has more information, including how to mail your ballot or drop it off on Election Day.

The last day to apply to vote by mail is October 23.

If you are attending college or university away from home, but claim residency where your parent or guardian lives, you can also vote early by mail.

You can request an early voting ballot be sent to where you will physically be at election time (i.e school) following these instructions.

Your ballot must be received by your county clerk by the time polls close on Election Day, November 3.

Check out this link for a full list of County Clerk’s offices in Texas.

Find out more information here.

Check Out These Voting Resources


To learn about what you’ll find on your ballot, check out this Voting Guide from the League of Women Voters!

Find out information about Voting with Special Needs

Review your Voting Rights

Find more information about Voting in Texas at VoteTexas.gov

Keep up with debates and election information via KUT News, online or on the FM dial at 90.5 in Austin.