We encourage you to vote the "Straight Party" Democratic ticket. Here's the sample ballot from the Dallas County Elections Office.
All Dallas County ballots will include one constitutional amendment. Proposition 1 would authorize annual spending from the state’s oil and gas production tax collections to the State Highway Fund. An estimated $1.4 billion would be transferred to the State Highway Fund in the first year alone. The Texas Democratic Party endorsed Proposition One at the State Convention.
You must be registered to vote in Dallas County to vote here. You can verify that your voter registration information is correct online at the Dallas County Elections website.
If you qualify, you may vote from the comfort of your home. Request a Vote by Mail application by clicking here.
To be eligible to vote by mail, you must be:
Request a Vote by Mail application by clicking here, mail it in. Your application must be received by October 24 (not postmarked).
You have a number of options when voting in person. During early voting, you may vote anywhere in Dallas County, which is convenient if you want to vote during your lunch break or after a class. On Election Day, Tuesday, November 4, you must vote in your designated precinct.
Early voting begins Monday, October 20, and runs through Friday, October 31. Remember, you may vote at any Early Voting location in Dallas County for the duration of Early Vote.
October 20-October 24 (Monday-Friday) polls open 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
October 25 (Saturday) polls open 7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
October 26 (Sunday) polls open 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
October 27-October 31 (Monday-Friday) polls open 7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Remember, you must vote in your designated precinct in Dallas County on Election Day, Tuesday, November 4.
November 4 (Tuesday) polls open 7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
The majority of the Supreme Court has allowed Texas' discriminatory photo Voter ID law to remain in place for this election. Days earlier, on October 2, a federal judge blocked Texas' photo Voter ID law, finding it an unconstitutional burden on the right to vote, created with discriminatory intent and called it a "poll tax".
"With the exception of the U.S. citizenship certificate, the identification must be current or have expired no more than 60 days before being presented at the polling place."
The Republican legislature passed this photo ID requirement as part of a nationwide effort by Republicans to discourage voting, especially by the poor, the elderly, the young, racial and ethnic minorities and other groups which they perceive as more likely to vote Democratic, and somewhat less likely to have these prescribed forms of photo ID.
This effort to disenfranchise voters is unfair, but it is important that voters are aware of the rule. For example, several items that voters were previously allowed to use to verify their identity, such as a birth certificate or a utility bill, are no longer allowed because they have no photo. In addition, some documents that do have photos, such as student IDs, are not approved either.
Thanks to an amendment offered back in 2011 by Senator Wendy Davis, once you are at your polling location, if your name on your photo ID does not match exactly, but is “substantially similar”, you will be allowed to vote a regular ballot after you initial a small box next to your name. That means you’re verifying that you are the voter pictured in the ID and in the registered voters list. That small box is the “affidavit” you may have heard about in the news.
For example, “substantially similar” could mean Bill for William or Beto for Alberto.
Voters whose names are deemed not "substantially similar" will be required to vote provisionally and will have six days until after the election, to go to the Dallas County Elections office and present a valid identification to that your identity can be confirmed and your ballot counted.
If you have already updated your name online, please note that it takes time for those changes to be processed and your registration may not be updated when you go to vote.
The last day to register to vote for the election was Monday, October 6. It's not too late to verify your information before the election! If you've moved or changed your name, take a minute to verify that your information is correct online at the Dallas County Elections website.
Then, if you need to update information, do so online here at the Texas Secretary of State website. Making sure your information is correct could save you time at the polls and prevent voter identification issues. Take a minute to verify your information now and save yourself time waiting at the polls later!
You can register for future elections today. Fill out this online application, print it out and mail it in. To register to vote you must:
Make your voice heard. Go vote!