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Secretary Berry reminds Texans about Feb. 3 registration deadline

January 31, 2014
Contact: Alicia Pierce or Jeff Hillery
512/ 463-5770

AUSTIN, TX – Texas Secretary of State Nandita Berry reminds Texans that Monday, February 3, is the deadline to register to vote in time for the March 4 primary election.

“If you aren’t already registered to vote, you must register at least 30 days before Election Day to vote in the next election,” Secretary Berry said. “For the March 4 primary that means your registration must be received or postmarked no later than February 3.”

The 30-day deadline also applies to registration updates such as changing your address.

Texans can register to vote in several ways including downloading a mail-in application at VoteTexas.gov. Eligible voters may also apply in person at their county voter registrar’s office. A full list of county voter registration offices is available at the Secretary of State’s website.

“The first step to voting is registering,” Secretary Berry said. “I encourage all eligible Texans to register to vote or update their voter registration today.”

Texans can check their registration status through VoteTexas.gov and even make updates online if they are not changing their county of registration.

Early voting begins February 18 and continues through February 28. The deadline to request a ballot by mail is February 21.

Photo ID will be required for voting in person. The seven forms of approved photo ID are:

  • 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 concealed 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

With the exception of the U.S. citizenship certificate, the identification must be current or have expired no more than 60 days before being presented at the polling place.