What will I be voting on?  What will my ballot look like?

Not all ballots are the same.  Who you may vote for in local or statewide races depends on where you live.

To download your sample ballot, which shows exactly which candidates and propositions you’ll be voting on in the upcoming primaries, follow these steps:

1Visit https://gisit.tarrantcounty.com/VoterLookup/
(opens in new tab).
2Click OK to close the white information box.
3In the box that appears in the upper right-hand corner, fill in your last and first name, then click Search.
4If there are multiple people with the same name, you'll see a list. Select the correct person.

Or, your information may appear without this interim step.

All of the districts, precincts, and office positions appear.

Click on any blue underlined number to see more information about that office.
5About halfway down in the "Tarrant County Voter Lookup" box, you'll see "Election Information."

Check that you are selecting the correct election date, then select the ballot you want. You will see a "Download" button to download the ballot as a PDF file.

Once you have your sample ballot, you can use it to research who you want to vote for in the primaries. You can even print it out and highlight or circle who you want to vote for, and take it with you into the voting booth.

Where do I vote?

Use Tarrant County’s voter lookup tool to find voting locations.

6Follow the steps above to get to your voter information.

At the bottom of the "Election Information" section there are two choices. Choose "Find Early Voting Locations" or "Show Election Day Polling Location" to see where to go vote!

If you have questions that are not answered by the information above, visit the  Tarrant County Elections, Early Voting website.  (See who’s eligible to vote by mail and how to get a ballot below.)

What to take with you to vote

Generally, you must have a photo ID that is current or has expired by no more than four years. These are the acceptable forms of ID:

  • Texas driver license issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS)
  • Texas Election Identification Certificate issued by DPS (find more information about how to get one of these here: http://www.dps.texas.gov/DriverLicense/electionID.htm
  • Texas personal identification card issued by DPS
  • Texas license to carry a handgun 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

If you do not have one of these forms of ID when you go to the polls, you may present a supporting form of ID, such as:

  • Valid voter registration certificate
  • Certified birth certificate (must be an original)
  • Copy of or original current utility bill
  • Copy of or original bank statement
  • Copy of or original government check
  • Copy of or original paycheck
  • Copy of or original government document with your name and an address (original required if it contains a photograph)

If you present a supporting form of ID, you will be required to fill out a Reasonable Impediment Declaration, stating that you have a good reason that you are unable to obtain the above forms of ID and stating that you are the same person on the supporting ID you are providing.

Here is the Reasonable Impediment Declaration form:

If you have children, note that the Texas Election Code says in Sec 64.002 (b): “A child under 18 years of age may accompany the child’s parent to a voting station.”  Here’s the document.

What NOT to take with you to vote

No campaign materials are allowed within a certain distance of any polling location.  This includes signs, buttons, stickers…even that t-shirt with a candidate’s name on it.  So be careful.  Don’t lose your opportunity to vote because you’re dressed inappropriately.  🙂

Using cell phones or other electronic devices

According to the Texas election code, cell phones or other wireless or recording devices are not to be used within 100 feet of a polling place.  (Note that the restriction is on using these items, not just having them.)  For details, see https://www.sos.state.tx.us/elections/laws/certain-activities-in-vicinity-of-pp.shtml.

About voting by mail

You may request a ballot by mail or download one from the internet if any of these apply:

  • You will be away from your county on Election Day and during the early voting period
  • You are sick or disabled
  • You are 65 years of age or older on Election Day
  • You are confined in jail (but otherwise eligible to vote)

Here is the application form:

 

Completed, signed applications may be submitted by mail or fax, or by emailing a scan of the completed application. Please note that faxed or emailed applications will only be accepted if the application is also mailed, and received within 4 days of the original fax/email.

Send completed applications here:

MAILING ADDRESS

Early Voting Clerk
Tarrant County Elections
PO Box 961011
Fort Worth, Texas 76161-0011

PHYSICAL ADDRESS

Tarrant County Elections
2700 Premier St.
Fort Worth, Texas 76161-0011
Fax: 817-831-6118

Email: votebymail@tarrantcounty.com

Have special needs?

For a quick overview, see: http://www.tarrantcounty.com/en/elections/Voter-Information/Voter-with-Special-Needs.html

For a complete rundown of all rules and accommodations available for special needs voters, see: http://www.votetexas.gov/voters-with-special-needs/