Frequently Asked Questions
Below are the most common questions receive by the Office of the
Secretary of State.
We hope that you will take a moment to review these pages, as you may
find the answers to questions of your own. We encourage you to explore
our website for more detailed information on elections and voting in
Texas. We hope you find this useful, and we appreciate this opportunity
to serve you. Note: We have grouped questions and answers in categories and provided links to additional information when needed.
The new photo identification requirement is effective immediately.
Provisional voting is designed to allow a voter whose name does not
appear on the list of registered voters due to an administrative error
to vote. The voter must complete an affidavit stating the reasons he or
she is qualified to vote. Provisional voting is only used if the voter
cannot qualify to vote by the methods described above. Important points
are: (1) the cast provisional ballots are kept separately from the
regular ballots; and (2) the voter’s registration record will be
reviewed later by the provisional voting ballot board (the early voting
ballot board) and is counted only if the voter is determined to be a
registered voter and is otherwise qualified to vote. Provisional voters
will receive a notice in the mail by the 10th day after the local
canvass advising them if their provisional ballots were counted, and if
they were not counted, the reason why.
Military & Overseas Voters
Military and overseas voters are welcome to use the regular
registration and early voting by mail process available to all voters
away from their home county on Election Day. However, there are also special provisions for military and overseas voters.
Voters with Special Needs
Please read our special needs information to ensure that you are fully informed on the available services.
Student voters often seek advice regarding residency issues for voter registration purposes. For more information, please read Information regarding student residency issues.
We also have FAQS on Student Election Clerks.
Convicted Felons and Voting
In Texas, a convicted felon regains the right to vote after
completing his or her sentence. Therefore, once a convict completes the
punishment phase (including any term of incarceration, parole, or
supervision, or completed a period of probation ordered by the court),
the convict is eligible to register and vote in the state of Texas.
For information on the local option liquor petition and election process in Texas, please review our office’s educational materials.
For information on registered political parties in Texas, please contact those organizations directly:
We have information located in various sections of our website – “Voter Information,” “Candidates,” and “Conducting Your Elections”
(for election administrators), just to name a few. You will notice that
some information is repeated in different places; our hope is to gear
each section to the audience for easier bookmarking and future use.
Should you need additional information, please email or call us at 1-800-252-VOTE (8683).