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2020 voting in Texas: What to bring, where to vote and what's on the ballot

It's a big election year. Texas is part of Super Tuesday, and there's a lot on the line.

HOUSTON — 2020 is a major election year and we want to make sure your voice is heard. The race for president highlights the ballot, which has several national, state and local races.  In the primaries, the parties will nominate the candidates who will go head-to-head in November.

 Election Day is March 3 and here's what you need to know.

Am I registered to vote?

You must be registered in order to vote in Texas. You can check online to see if you are currently registered to vote.

What do I to need to vote?

When you head to the polls, you need one of the following to cast your vote. 

  • 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)

Don’t have one of those?  Here are supporting forms of ID.

  • 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
  • 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).

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What's on the ballot?

In the primary, each party will choose its candidate for U.S. president, U.S. Senate, congressional offices, legislative offices, the State Board of Education, the Railroad Commission and judicial seats. All Texans will have the opportunity to vote for candidates in statewide races, but other contests will depend on where you live.

Check sample ballots for the counties around Houston and southeast Texas.

Where do I vote?

These are the voting locations around Houston and southeast Texas.

To Find out if you're registered and to find your polling location, the Texas Secretary of State has created a form to look that up.   

Can I vote by mail during early voting?

You can, but you have to meet any one of the below criteria, according to the Texas Secretary of State's office.

  • You will be away from your county on Election Day and during early voting
  • You are sick or disabled
  • You are 65 years of age or older on Election Day
  • You are confined in jail, but eligible to vote

You can get an application to vote by mail here:

You can find out more about voting early by mail here.

Democratic Senate Debate

On February 18, the Democratic candidates for Texas Senate faced off in a debate on KVUE, KHOU's sister station.  You can watch that debate below..  

U.S. Senate candidates 

There are 12 Democrats running during the primary for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by John Cornyn

In the Republican primary, Cornyn faces John Anthony Castro, Virgil Bierschwale, Mark Yancey and Dwayne Stovall

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