Welcome to the League of Women Voters of the Houston Area

We are a non-partisan political organization working to encourage active and informed participation in government

Can I vote?

Every citizen who wants to vote must be registered in his or her county of residence.

Registration is permanent. You do not need to register before every election, but you should notify the Voter Registrar if you change your name or address or have not voted in the last four years.

The deadline for registering to vote in the November 4, 2014 election is October 6, 2014.

You may register to vote in Harris County if:
• You are an American citizen and
• You are at least 17 years, 10 months of age (you must be 18 in order to vote) and
• You are a resident of Harris County and
• You have not been declared mentally incapacitated without the right to vote by a court and
• You have not been convicted of a felony. If you have been convicted of a felony you can vote if you have completed all terms of your sentence or have been pardoned.

Registration is quick and easy. Voter registration applications are available at every office of the Harris County Tax Assessor Collector/Voter Registrar, at many state agencies, at libraries and community centers, or by calling 713.368.8683. You may also download and print an application at here. The application must be delivered in person to a voter registrar or mailed.

How do I register?

Texas law requires qualified voters to register 30 days prior to the election in which you want to vote. You can register to vote in person, by mail or through an agent. Voter registration materials are available in English, Spanish, Chinese, and Vietnamese. Registration is permanent. Voters do not need to register in advance of every election but should update their details if they move, change their name, or have not voted in the preceding four years.

REGISTERING TO VOTE IN PERSON

You can register in person at:

● The Harris Country Voter Registrar’s Office, 1001 Preston Ave., 2nd Floor
● Any of 15 Tax Office substations throughout the County
● Any Texas Dept. of Public Safety where you obtain your driver’s license
● Each Public Library, including any branch or service outlet
● Voter registration drives where deputized volunteer voter registrars are available
 

REGISTERING TO VOTE BY MAIL

You can mail in your application. You must provide a form of identification, such as a copy of your drivers’ license, when registering by mail due to the Help America Vote Act enacted in September 2003.

Click here to download Voter Registration Applications.

REGISTERING TO VOTE BY AGENT

An applicant’s spouse, parent, or child acting as an agent can complete and sign a Voter Registration Application, provided that the agent is a registered voter or has applied for voter registration.

Am I registered?

VERIFYING YOUR VOTER REGISTRATION

You can verify your registration status by searching the Tax Office’s voter registration Database. You can search using your name, your address or your certificate number.

RECEIVING A VOTER REGISTRATION CERTIFICATE

Once you register to vote, you receive a Voters Registration Certificate within 30 days from the County Tax Assessor’s office. In Harris County, the Voter Registrar is the County Tax Assessor-Collector. Your Voter Registration Certificate contains important information such as your precinct number and your federal, state and local district numbers.

Do I need to update and/or change my registration information?

 UPDATING YOUR NAME AND/OR ADDRESS

If you move or if you change your name, you must update your voter registration.

CHANGING YOUR ADDRESS

WHEN YOU MOVE WITHIN HARRIS COUNTY

You must notify the Harris County Voter Registrar of your address change.

      • Registration change forms are available from the Harris County Voter Registrar, 1001 Preston, 2nd Floor, or at any of the sites listed above under Register to Vote. Call 713.274.8000 for more information.
      • To make online name and/or address changes to your voter registration record visit Texas Online.
      • You can vote in your new precinct 30 days after your notice has been received by the Voter Registrar. You can vote in your previous precinct for one year after you move or until your registration is transferred, whichever comes first.

 CHANGING YOUR ADDRESS

WHEN YOU MOVE FROM OR TO ANOTHER COUNTY

If you are new to Harris County, you must register to vote in Harris County with the Harris County Tax Assessor’s office even if you were registered to vote in your previous county of residence.

If you move from Harris County to another county, you must register in the county of your new residence.

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