Frequently asked questions by college voters
We asked and answered these questions so you didn't have to. This is not an extensive list of voting information nor is it legal counsel - for additional or more emergent questions or problems voting please call the statewide nonpartisan Election Protection hotline at 866-OUR-VOTE.
For more information about TX Votes or how to vote on campus - visit our new website: tx-votes.com
Where do I vote?
To find your local precinct voting location, check with your local clerk - call the town hall, or your secretary of state. For Travis County polling locations, you can vote anywhere in the county. Due to public health concerns - we suggest going early in the morning on one of the first days of early voting. Please visit the Travis County Clerk website page. The closest polling locations to the UT Austin campus can be found at the Flawn Academic Center and Gregory Gym.
When can I vote?
In Travis County, where The University of Texas at Austin campus is located, polls will be open for early voting every day through October 30th, 2020 from 7am to 7pm except on Sundays which opens from 12pm to 6pm.
Do I need photo identification to vote?
Yes. According to the Texas Secretary of State's website the following IDs are accepted:
- Texas Driver License issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS)
- 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)
With the exception of the U.S. Citizenship Certificate, which does not expire, for voters aged 18-69, the acceptable form of photo identification may be expired no more than four years before being presented for voter qualification at the polling place. For voters aged 70 or older, the acceptable form of photo identification may be expired for any length of time if the identification is otherwise valid.
Here is a list of the supporting forms of ID that can be presented if the voter does not possess one of the forms of acceptable photo ID and cannot reasonably obtain one:
- copy or original of a government document that shows the voter’s name and an address, including the voter’s voter registration certificate;
- copy of or original current utility bill;
- copy of or original bank statement;
- copy of or original government check;
- copy of or original paycheck; or
- copy of or original of (a) a certified domestic (from a U.S. state or territory) birth certificate or (b) a document confirming birth admissible in a court of law which establishes the voter’s identity (which may include a foreign birth document).
After presenting one of the forms of supporting ID listed above, the voter must execute a Reasonable Impediment Declaration.
What happens if I am turned away at the polls?
With the enactment of HAVA, you are allowed to ask for a provisional ballot, and you are allowed to vote. After Election Day, you will be informed if your vote was counted or the reason that you were disqualified from voting. If you have registered, and you feel that there has been some sort of mix-up, please do not leave without voting. Voting is your right.
Questions to ask when preparing for an election:
Should I register to vote in my college community or in my hometown?
You do have a vested interest in the local issues of your college community. Issues such as off-campus housing and zoning restrictions, the environment, taxes, transportation and personal safety all affect your quality of life. Voting in your college community is more convenient, and allows you to skip the process of absentee voting. However, if you feel more knowledgeable about your hometown issues, and you have an interest in the elections there, please register to vote there. If it makes no difference, you may want to register to vote locally.
Note: If you have a state-funded scholarship or a privately-funded scholarship designated for a local student, be sure to check the terms of your scholarship before registering to vote in your college community. You could lose your eligibility.
Can I register to vote at school and in my hometown?
No. You can only register at one location.
How can I register to vote on campus?
We unfortunately are not able to offer in person voter registration right now due to the COVID-19 public health crisis. If you are interested in getting registered to vote you can go to texas.turbovote.org and either print your filled out voter registration application or have one mailed to you. If you need to register in a different county, we recommend printing this form off of the Texas Secretary of State's website and mailing it in. Remember, there is no online voter registration in Texas. If you need to register in a different state, check out Campus Vote Project's state-by-state guide to voting.
How Do I Get an Absentee Ballot and What is the Deadline?
In Texas you should go to The Secretary of State's Website. The deadline for the November General Election is Friday, October 23, 2020.
I think I already registered to vote at a different address, but I'm not sure. What should I do?
First you should check your status at the Texas Secretary of State website. If you are listed at a different address than your current residence, fill out a voter registration form with your current address at texas.turbovote.org. Put the address where you think you last registered in the previous address box. You can also check your status at the Texas Secretary of State website.