AUSTIN — Texas Secretary of State John Scott today reminds all eligible Texas voters to make sure they are registered to vote ahead of the January 31 voter registration deadline for the March 1, 2022 Primary Elections in Texas. Voters registered by January 31 can also participate in Early Voting, which begins on February 14 and ends February 25, 2022. In Texas, voters register with their respective county voter registrars, which are housed within Elections Administrator offices or as is the case in Hopkins and other counties in the Tax Assessor-Collector offices.
Secretary Scott encouraged all Texans who are eligible to get registered and get informed as they prepare to head to the polls next month:
“Registering to vote in Texas is easy and straightforward – so long as you are a qualified voter, you can send in a voter registration application to your county’s voter registrar by January 31st and you’ll be eligible to vote in the upcoming Primary Election,” Secretary Scott said. “We want all eligible Texans to participate in all of this year’s upcoming elections, including the Primary Elections in which voters will choose the candidates to appear on the November 2022 General Election ballot. Don’t wait until the last minute – start the registration process today!”
To be eligible to vote in Texas, you must be:
- A United States citizen;
- A resident of the county where you submit the application;
- At least 17 years and 10 months old on the date your voter registration application is submitted, and 18 years of age on Election Day.
- Not finally convicted of a felony (you may be eligible to vote once you have completed your sentence, probation, and parole); and
- Not declared by a court exercising probate jurisdiction to be either totally mentally incapacitated or partially mentally incapacitated without the right to vote.
Texas is an open primary state, which means that voters do not ‘register’ as members of a particular political party. Rather, eligible Texas voters can cast a ballot in either party’s primary election – but not both. Primary Elections are run by the Republican and Democrat parties in each of Texas’ 254 counties. Party chairs in each county are responsible for conducting voting on Election Day, while county election officials administer the Early Voting period.
Texans can check to verify their registration status ahead of the January 31st deadline by visiting the Texas Secretary of State’s My Voter Portal.
Registering to vote for the first time?
To register to vote in Texas, simply complete a voter registration application and return it to your county election office at least 30 days before the upcoming election date. To complete an application, you may:
- Complete an application using the Texas Secretary of State’s online voter registration application module. Simply fill in the required information, print, sign and mail the completed application directly to your county election office;
- Request a printed application. The Texas Secretary of State’s office will mail a postage-paid voter registration application to the address provided; OR
- Contact or visit your county’s voter registrar (Hopkins County Tax Assessor-Collector Debbie Mitchell, P.O. Box 481 Sulphur Springs 75483; (903) 438-4063; her office is located in Hopkins County Courthouse Annex, 128 Jefferson St., Suite. D, Sulphur Springs, Texas 75482) to complete the voter registration process.
Register to vote when renewing your Driver License or State ID card
If you’re not already registered to vote, but have an existing Texas Driver License or state identification card, you can register to vote online when renewing, replacing or changing your contact information for either card through the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS).
Follow the steps on the DPS web portal to update your driver license information, and you will be given the option to register to vote when renewing or updating your information.
Update your voter registration information online
Whether you’ve recently moved or changed your name, you can now update all your information on your voter registration record through the portal on Texas.gov.
Click here to update your voter registration information online. You will need your Voter Unique Identifier (VUID) to log in to the Texas.gov portal. You can find your VUID by visiting the Texas SOS My Voter Portal, then entering your name, county, date of birth and ZIP code to display your voter registration information.