Election Rules

General Election Voter Registration Deadline: October 5

Early voting in Texas will take place from October 20 – October 31. Early voting locations will be made available on October 18.

Texas’ Address Confidentiality Program allows survivors of family violence, sexual assault, trafficking, or stalking to register to vote using a substitute address. Learn more here.

Restoration of Voting Rights After Felony Convictions: The right to vote is automatically restored for felons after the completion of parole or probation.

ID Requirements for Voting: Photo ID required. If ID is not shown, the voter may present a supporting form of ID and sign a certification to cast a ballot.

Absentee Voting: An excuse is required to request an absentee ballot. Voters can download the application from the Secretary of State’s website and should mail, email, or fax back to the county clerk at least 11 days prior to the election. View the list of excuses and application here.

Gender Gaps in Representation

Texas ranks 39th in the country for women’s representation in the State Legislature.

Texas Congressional Delegation

Texas State Legislature

Voter Turnout

Texas had lower voter turnout for both men and women than the overall United States in the 2016 Elections.

Percent Voter Turnout by Gender

Percent Voter Turnout by Race

Other races not shown due to population size