VOTE: Election 2020
Texas
Make sure you’re registered, learn what’s on your ballot, get news and information about the candidates and issues, and find up-to-date voting information with the SmartNews election hub.

Voting

VOTING IN PERSON

Poll Times
7 a.m. - 7 p.m.


ID Requirements
Photo identification is required. Valid forms include:

Texas driver’s license issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety
Texas Election Identification Certificate issued by DPS
Texas Personal Identification Card issued by DPS
Texas handgun license issued by DPS
Military ID card containing the person’s photograph
U.S. Citizenship Certificate containing the person’s photograph
U.S. passport

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VOTE BY MAIL

Can I vote by mail in Texas?
Yes, but voters need an “excuse” to request a mail-in ballot

Can I submit an application online?
Yes, just tap the button below.

What's the deadline to request a mail-in ballot?
Your application must be received by October 23rd.

What's the deadline to submit my ballot?
Your mail-in ballot must be postmarked by 7:00 pm on November 3 and received by 5:00 pm November 4.

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EARLY VOTING

Early voting
Oct. 13

MILITARY OR VOTING OVERSEAS

Members of the military, their families, and US citizens living overseas can request a ballot to vote from anywhere in the world.

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Get Ready to Vote
General Election
November 3
ELECTION DAY

To vote in your state, make sure you’re registered. Here are some important deadlines:

The deadline for mail registration is 10/5.

The deadline for in-person registration is 10/5.

Texas does not allow Election Day voter registration.

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What's on my ballot?

The address will only be used to determine which districts you are a part of. SmartNews will not store your address or use it for any other reason.

Candidates & Races

President of the United States

Biography

Joseph Robinette "Joe" Biden, Jr. (b. November 20, 1942, in Scranton, Pennsylvania) is the 46th president of the United States, assuming office on January 20, 2021.

He won the 2020 presidential election on November 3, 2020, with 306 electoral votes. Biden launched his campaign for president of the United States on April 25, 2019. He announced U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris (D) as his running mate on August 11, 2020.

Biden was the 47th vice president of the United States, serving under President Barack Obama (D) from January 20, 2009, to January 20, 2017.

He previously served as a U.S. senator from Delaware from 1973 to 2009.

On January 12, 2017, Obama awarded Biden the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his lifetime of public service, marking the final time Obama would present the nation's highest civilian honor. Biden received the award with distinction, an additional honor given only to Pope John Paul II, former President Ronald Reagan, and retired Gen. Colin Powell in the previous three administrations.

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Vice President of the United States

Biography

Kamala Devi Harris (b. October 20, 1964, in Oakland, California) is a Democratic member of the U.S. Senate from California. Harris was first elected to the Senate in 2016. She became the second Black woman elected to the U.S. Senate and the first Indian American to serve in the chamber.

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden announced Harris was his running mate on August 11, 2020. He called her "a fearless fighter for the little guy, and one of the country’s finest public servants." Harris is the first Black woman to appear on a major party's ticket in the United States.

Harris previously ran for president of the United States, entering the race on January 21, 2019. She suspended her presidential campaign on December 3, 2019, and endorsed Biden on March 8, 2020.

Harris is the former attorney general of California. She served in the position from 2011 to 2017. She also served as San Francisco's district attorney from 2004 to 2011.

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U.S. Senate Texas

Biography

John Cornyn (Republican Party) is a member of the U.S. Senate from Texas. He assumed office on December 2, 2002. His current term ends on January 3, 2027.

Cornyn (Republican Party) ran for re-election to the U.S. Senate to represent Texas. He won in the general election on November 3, 2020.

Cornyn served as the Senate Majority Whip from 2013-2019.

Cornyn served as a Bexar County district court judge from 1984 to 1990. He went on to serve on the Texas Supreme Court from 1990 to 1997. Cornyn then served as Texas Attorney General from 1999 until his election to the U.S. Senate in 2002.

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