AUSTIN, Texas - Texans will soon be heading to the polls to vote in the runoff election on Tuesday, May 24.
Statewide, there are Republican primary runoffs for attorney general, land commissioner, and railroad commissioner and Democratic primary runoffs for lieutenant governor, attorney general, land commissioner and comptroller.
But voters need to be prepared before casting their ballots.
We have put together a guide with everything you need to know to be able to vote in Texas for the 2022 Primary Runoff Election, including important dates, sample ballots, and early voting locations. Below we answer the frequently asked questions and more regarding voting.
Important dates for May 24 primary runoff election
Monday, April 25: Deadline to register to vote in Texas for the primary runoff election
Friday, May 13: Last day to apply for Ballot by Mail (Received, not postmarked)
Monday, May 16: In-person early voting begins for the primary runoff election
Friday, May 20: Last day for in-person early voting for the primary runoff election
Tuesday, May 24: 2022 Texas Primary Runoff Election Day
Tuesday, May 24: Last day to receive Ballot by Mail
Am I registered to vote in Texas?
In order to vote in Texas, you must be a registered voter. To see if you're already registered to vote, click here.
The deadline to register to vote in the 2022 Runoff Primary Election is Monday, April 25.
When is early voting in Texas?
Any registered voter may vote early in person. Early voting for the Texas Primary Election begins on May 16, 2022 and ends on May 20, 2022.
Where is my polling place during early voting?
You can vote at any early voting location in your county of residence.
Early voting locations will be found at "My Voter Portal." There, you can enter your Name, County, Date of Birth and ZIP code to look up your registration information and find your nearest polling location.
Voters can also contact the Early Voting Clerk for State and County Elections in your county.
Polling place hours vary at each early voting location.
Where is my polling place for 2022 Texas Runoff Election Day?
Your assigned polling place is based on where you live. Visit your county's election page for the polling locations and sample ballots.
You will also be able to find election day voting locations by visiting the state's webpage, which will be populated with voting sites a few days before election day. Or, you may want to contact the Election Official for State and County Elections in your county.
When are polls open on 2022 Texas Runoff Election Day?
The polls in Texas are open from 7 a.m. on the date of the election until 7 p.m. Anyone in line at the time the polls close will be allowed to cast their ballot.
What photo ID do I need to vote?
In order to vote in person during early voting or on election day, Texas voters will be asked to present an acceptable form of photo ID. Here is a list of the acceptable forms of photo ID:
- 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)
For voters aged 18 to 69 years, photo ID can be expired for up to four years. For voters aged 70 and older, photo ID can be expired for any length of time if otherwise valid.
If you don’t have one of these acceptable forms of photo ID and can’t reasonably obtain one, you may qualify for a Reasonable Impediment Declaration by showing a copy or original of one of the following approved IDs:
- 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 these supporting forms of ID, the voter must execute a Reasonable Impediment Declaration.
Can I vote early by mail?
Not everyone can vote by mail in Texas. It is limited to voters who are one of the following:
- 65 years of age or older on Election Day;
- Sick or disabled;
- Expecting to give birth within three weeks before or after Election Day;
- Absent from the county of registration during the Early Voting period and on Election Day;
- Civilly committed under Chapter 841 of the Texas Health and Safety Code; or
- Confined in jail, but otherwise eligible
You can get a formal application to vote by mail:
- Download an application for a mail ballot here;
- The Secretary of State’s office; or
- The Early Voting Clerk in your county
If you are voting early because of an expected absence, you may apply in person for a mail ballot before the early "voting in person" period begins.
New in 2022, to vote by mail, you must provide ONE of the following numbers on your mail ballot application, also referred to by the state as Application for Ballot By Mail (ABBM):
- Texas Driver’s License, Texas Personal Identification Number or Election Identification Certificate Number issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety (NOT your voter registration VUID number); OR
- If you have not been issued one of the numbers above, the last 4 digits of your Social Security Number
Your ID number must match your voter registration record. If you have not been issued one of these above, you must indicate so by checking the appropriate box on the ABBM.
For the May 24, 2022 Texas Runoff Primary Election, the last day your ABBM can be received by your Early Voting Clerk is Friday, May 13, 2022, in order for you to receive a ballot by mail.
Ways you can send in your application for a mail ballot to the Early Voting Clerk:
- In-person delivery;
- Regular mail;
- Common or contract carrier; or
- Fax (if a fax machine is available to your Early Voting Clerk)*
- Email (send a signed, scanned application as an attachment to an email to the early voting clerk)*
All applications to vote by mail must be received by the early voting clerk before the close of regular business or 12 noon, whichever is later.
*If you fax or e-mail your application to the Clerk, you must also mail the application so that the Clerk receives it no later than the fourth business day after the day the Clerk received your faxed or emailed application. If you fax or e-mail your application by the deadline of Friday, May 13, your application will be considered complete and timely as long as the original is received by the early voting clerk by the fourth business day after it was submitted by fax or e-mail.
Military and overseas voters
The deadline to receive ballots mailed within the United States from non-military and military voters who submitted a mail ballot application is by 7 p.m. Election Day.
The deadline to receive ballots mailed from overseas from non-military and military voters who submitted a mail ballot application is by the fifth day after Election Day.
Deadline for the ballot to be received is the 6th day after Election Day for:
- Members of the armed forces of the United States, or the spouse or a dependent of a member of the armed forces
- Members of the merchant marines of the United States, or the spouse or a dependent of a member of the merchant marine
- Members of the Texas National Guard, or the spouse or dependent of a member of the Texas National Guard
- Members of the National Guard of another state, or the spouse or dependent of a member of the National Guard of another state
- Members of the military reserves on active duty, or the spouse or dependent of a member of the military reserves on active duty
Voters with special needs
Click here for the special needs information on the state's election website to ensure that you are fully informed on the services available to you.
Student voters often have concerns over residency for voter registration purposes. Information on student residency issues is available on this webpage.
In Texas, a convicted felon regains the right to vote after completing his or her sentence. Therefore, once you have completed the punishment phase (including any term of incarceration, parole, or supervision, or completed a period of probation ordered by the court), you would be eligible to register and vote in the state of Texas.
Find your county polling places and sample ballots
- Early Voting Dates and Times Schedule - Democratic Party
- Early Voting Dates and Times Schedule - Republican Party
- Election Day Polling Locations - Democratic Party
- Election Day Polling Locations - Republican Party