Early voting happening through Nov. 1


Texas Secretary of State Ruth Hughs encourages all eligible Texas voters to take advantage of the early voting period ahead of the Nov. 5 election, which began Oct. 21 and ends on Friday, Nov. 1.

Voters in Austin County will cast ballots for statewide constitutional amendments. Voters in Gloster will vote on two propositions. The first is to implement a sales tax and the second is to re-name the new city. Voters in Wallis will be selecting a new mayor.

Early voting in Austin County will be held at the election office meeting room, 804 Wendt St., Bellville, weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Election Day voting will be held at:

  • Precincts 101-104: Elections office, 804 Wendt St., Bellville;
  • Precincts 205-206: Sens Activity Center, 200 Briar Ridge Dr., Bellville;
  • Precincts 207-211: Industry City Building, 725 Main St., Industry;
  • Precincts 312-314: Hill Community Center, 1000 Main St., Sealy;
  • Precinct 415: City of Wallis, 6810 Guyler, Building C, Wallis; and
  • Precincts 416-418: Sealy American Legion Post 442, 1630 Meyer St., Sealy.

Secretary Hughs urged voters to research the candidates, amendments, and measures that will appear on their ballot as they prepare to make their voices heard.

“As voting for the Nov. 5 election begins next week, I want to remind Texas voters to take advantage of the early voting period in order to make their voices heard,” Hughs said. “It is critical that all eligible Texans have the opportunity to help shape the direction of the Lone Star State.”

During the early voting period, voters may cast a ballot at any location in their county of registration. On Election Day, only voters registered in a county that participates in the Countywide Polling Place Program (CWPP) can cast a ballot at any location in the county. In counties that do not participate in the CWPP, Texas voters must cast a ballot in their precinct of registration on Election Day.

Voters can check their registration status and view additional voting information online through the Texas Secretary of State’s Am I Registered? tool. Voters may also contact their respective county elections offices directly for more information about their ballot and appropriate polling location.

Texas voters who wish to cast a ballot by mail must ensure their Application for Ballot by Mail (ABBM) (PDF) is received by the Early Voting Clerk in their county of registration by Friday, Oct. 25.

Additionally, Hughs reminded eligible Texas voters who possess one of the seven approved forms of photo ID that they must present that ID at the polls. Voters who do not possess and cannot reasonably obtain one of the seven forms of approved photo ID can fill out a Reasonable Impediment Declaration (PDF) form, which is available at each polling location, and provide a supporting form of identification. Certain voters may qualify for certain exemptions to presenting an acceptable form of photo identification or following the Reasonable Impediment Declaration (PDF) procedure.

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 Handgun License issued by DPS;
  • United States Military Identification Card containing the person’s photograph;
  • United States Citizenship Certificate containing the person’s photograph; and
  • United States Passport (book or card).

Voters with questions about how to cast a ballot in upcoming elections can call 1-800-252-VOTE. For more information, visit www.votetexas.gov.


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