VOTE! Key Information for the 2020 Elections

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Stay Informed!

This page will provide key information so you can stay informed until the day of the election.

Critical Voter Dates

Last Day to Register to VoteOctober 5
First Day to Vote EarlyOctober 13
Last Day to Request a Mail-In BallotOctober 23
Last Day to Vote Early In-PersonOctober 30
Last Day to Receive Ballots by MailNovember 3
Election DayNovember 3

Election Day Poll Workers Needed

The basic responsibilities of Election Day workers include:

  • Greeting and assisting each voter as they come into the polling place
  • Verifying the eligibility of potential voters
  • Assisting the Election Judge on all Election Day duties as assigned

Bilingual Clerks will assist the Judge in various duties including translating (Spanish) when necessary.

For more information, go to www.dallascountyvotes.org.

Curbside Voting

Curbside Voting Service is available during Early Voting and Election Day to any voter who is physically unable to enter the polling place without personal assistance or likelihood of injuring your health.

If you have an assistant with you, when you arrive at the polling location, have them notify the election official at that time. The election official will then bring everything you need to your car outside the polling location.

If you do not have an assistant, please call 214-819-6338 ahead to notify the election day clerk that you want to vote curbside.

What is the Process?

  • Voter will be qualified like they would if voting inside the polling place.
  • Poll worker will take the designated Express Vote device to the voter’s vehicle along with the Activation Ballot Card, voter ticket, and secrecy envelope.
  • Voter votes the ballot in privacy unless needing assistance. If voter has an assistant, they must sign the Oath of Assistance form if he is assisting.
  • Voter places the voted ballot into secrecy envelope.
  • The assistant or the poll worker deposit the ballot into the DS200 ballot counter.

What to Know for In-Person Voting

Where to Vote

You may vote at any polling location in Dallas County. You do not need to be in your precinct (near your home) for early voting nor on Election Day. For a map of voting locations, go to Dallas County Voting Locations.

What to Bring

  1. Your photo ID.
  2. Any notes, research, or your sample ballot. You can’t use your phone at the polls. Print or make notes of any research you conducted.
  3. Your mask.
  4. If have gloves, hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes, and/or your own stylus, you may bring them.
  5. Dallas County Vote Centers plan to have clean styluses and stations with hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes available for all voters to use, but you may bring your own. The election workers will be wearing masks and be behind Plexiglas.

What’s on the Ballot?

  • General Election – President, U.S. Senate, and U.S. Representatives District 5, 24, 26, 30, 32, 33
  • State Representatives – District 100, 102, 103, 104, 105, 107, 108, 109, 110, 111, 112, 113, 114, 115
  • Various Dallas County level judges and other officials
  • Local Elections – Balch Springs, Carrollton, Cockrel Hill, Coppell, DeSoto, Duncanville, Farmers Branch, Garland, Hutchins, Irving, Lancaster, Rowlett, Sachse, Wilmer
  • Dallas College (former Dallas County Community College District)
  • Independent School Districts: Coppell, Carrollton-Farmers Branch, Dallas, DeSoto, Duncanville, Garland, Irving, Lancaster

You can go to www.register2vote.org to check to see if you are registered. If you are not registered to vote, you can also fill out a form to receive a voter registration card and postage paid envelope. You complete the form, sign it, and drop it in the mail.

You can also go to the Dallas County Elections website at www.DallasCountyVotes.org to:

  • Verify that you are registered
  • App for lines at polling locations on election day
  • Early voting options
  • Registration deadlines
  • Registration status
  • Absentee (mail-in) ballot
  • Polling locations
  • Online address change
  • ID requirements

Election Protection

Voter Hotline 866-OUR-VOTE (866-687-8683) or www.866ourvote.org for resources on:

  • Voter Registration
  • Absentee Ballots
  • Voting Information
  • Election Management
  • Tell Your Story
  • Getting to the Polls

Plan Your Vote

Early voting has started in Texas. It is important to make a voting plan, including knowing what is on your ballot, where you are voting, and what to do when you get to your polling location. Here are a few resources to help you plan your vote.

Where and When to Vote

Dallas County: Election officials have an interactive map that allow you to see the polling location closest to you as well as the wait time at each location.

Collin County: Election officials have provided a list of polling locations along with estimated wait times. There’s also a map that will allow you to search for nearby locations.

Tarrant County: An interactive map shows the various locations as well as the wait time for each one, with a time range. The information is also available in list form.

What’s on My Ballot?

To get a sample ballot, go to https://ballotpedia.org/Sample_Ballot_Lookup

What Do I Need to Vote?

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

  • Texas Driver 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
  • 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)

Your driver’s license does NOT need to be REAL ID compliant, according to the Secretary of State’s office.

The photo ID must be current or, for voters under the age of 70, have not expired more than four years prior to voting. Those age 70 and older can use any expired photo ID that otherwise remains correct, no matter how long it has been expired.

Your address on your photo ID does NOT need to match the address you used to register to vote.

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

  • A government document that shows the voter’s name and an address, including the voter’s registration certificate
  • A current utility bill
  • A bank statement
  • A government check
  • A paycheck
  • A certified domestic (from a U.S. state or territory) birth certificate
  • A document confirming birth admissible in a court of law which establishes the voter’s identity (which may include a foreign birth document)

You may not wear any clothing that endorses a political candidate inside of a polling location.

What Do I Do If I Think My Voting Rights Were Impacted?

Go to the Voter Hotline 866-OUR-VOTE (866-687-8683) or www.866ourvote.org to report any misconduct while voting.