Sunday, May 13, 2012

Texas Democratic Primary Early Voting Starts Tomorrow, Monday 5/14

Here's how to play (info courtesy of Boyd Richie, Texas Democratic Party):

Check the status of your voter registration.

If you're voting early, find your location through the Texas Secretary of State's Office.

Note: Many counties also have their own web sites with more information. Links to these can be found at the TXSOS site linked above.

If you want to vote by mail, request a ballot by mail. You must be one of the following to vote by mail:

  • be 65 years or older;
  • be disabled;
  • be out of the county on election day and during the period for early voting by personal appearance; or
  • be confined in jail, but otherwise eligible.
(Aside: felons' voting rights are restored in Texas after completion of their sentence. No, I do NOT know from personal experience; I just spent a few years registering people to vote...)

Theoretically, the voter ID law in Texas is not in effect yet, but you still have to bring some sort of ID to the polls. Here are the acceptable ID documents:

  • Your voter registration card;
  • A driver’s license or personal identification card issued to you by Texas or another state (even if the license or card has expired);
  • A form of identification that contains your photograph and establishes your identity;
  • A birth certificate or other document confirming birth that is admissible in a court of law and establishes your identity;
  • Your United States citizenship papers;
  • Your United States passport;
  • Official mail addressed to you by a governmental entity; or
  • A copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows your name and address.
Again, many Texas counties have their own voter information web sites. In Harris County (most of Houston), they are the Harris County Clerk's Office, Election Division...

and the Harris County Tax Assessor/Collector and Voter Registrar's Office:

I believe the above will get you to the right poll on the right day, carrying the right material. The rest is up to you!

OOPS, I omitted a detail for early voters in Harris County at least (I don't know if these hours are statewide or not). At all early polling places in Harris County:

May 14th -  May  18th: 8:00 a.m. -  4:30 p.m.
May 19th: 7:00 a.m. -  7:00 p.m.
May 20th: 1:00 p.m. -  6:00 p.m.
May 21th -  May 25th: 7:00 a.m. -  7:00 p.m.


  1. Thanks, karmanot; we need it.

    I have some research yet to do. So far, I've picked a U.S. Senate candidate (Senator Kay is retiring; I'm backing Paul Sadler (D) as her replacement). Many of the remaining races have only one Democratic candidate, so my task is not an impossible one.

  2. Steve, there is much chicanery about. Our county clerk called me recently about our June primary and wanted to know if I was sure that I wanted to check the American Independent box. She then explained that it was not the same as 'Independent.' I got suckered in to checking the wrong box. I left the Democrat party about the time of Clinton's second term, but made the mistake of voting for Obama last time. I still waffle about the next election. The DNC drives me absolutely crazy. Their weak kneed lack of support for WI signals to me the fact of their true neo-liberal anti-labor agenda. Romney is not a choice, What a fascist tool. The real question is: will a Republican senate make any difference. Will a Supreme Court already compromised with corrupt judges, like Thomas, really be that different with a 6/3 decision block? I am trying to understand if chaos and anarchy are better sooner than later.



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