It’s not too late to make your voice heard. Election Day is Nov. 8, and early voting begins Oct. 24. 

For voters in Tarrant County, the election will determine not only statewide races, like who will be Texas’ next governor, but local positions like the county judge and district attorney. The Fort Worth Report is covering those races and more here.

Meanwhile, the deadline to register to vote is Oct. 11. 

Scroll down to read through the Report’s registration guide, or click through the table of contents for your specific question.

  1. Am I eligible to vote in Texas?
  2. It’s been a while. How do I check my voter registration status? 
  3. I’m a first-timer, or I’ve moved counties. How do I register? 
  4. Do I need to register with a specific political party? 
  5. Can someone else register me? 
  6. I just need to update my name and/or address. How do I do that? 
  7. How can I serve as a poll worker on Election Day and/or during early voting?  
  8. How can I file an election-related complaint? 

Have other voter registration questions? 

Contact Tarrant County Elections by phone (817-831-8683), Telecommunications Device for the Deaf (817-759-7801) or email (voterregistration@tarrantcounty.com). 

Am I eligible to vote in Texas?

You’re eligible to vote if:

  • you’re a citizen of the U.S. 
  • you’re a resident of the county for which you’re registering
  • you’ll be at least 18 years old on Election Day 
  • you haven’t been convicted of a felony. However, if you’ve been convicted of a felony but have fully completed your sentence, including parole and probation, or if you’ve been pardoned, you can register to vote.  
  • you haven’t been declared mentally incompetent by a court of law. 

It’s been a while. How do I check my voter registration status? 

Input your name and birthdate to the Tarrant County Voter Lookup website. The Texas Secretary of State has a similar lookup tool

I’m a first-timer, or I’ve moved counties. How do I register? 

Complete this voter registration application form (here’s one in Spanish, and here’s one in Vietnamese). Then, print, sign and return the completed form by Oct. 11. You can do so by mail or in person here:

Voter Registration
Tarrant County Elections
2700 Premier St.
Fort Worth, TX 76111

Alternatively, you can request a postage-paid voter registration form here or grab one at one of the following locations, according to Tarrant County Elections: 

  • the Tarrant County Elections Center, 2700 Premier St. in Fort Worth
  • Tarrant County subcourthouses
  • U.S. post offices
  • city halls
  • libraries 
  • public assistance offices 

The deadline to register to vote in the Nov. 8 election is Oct. 11, meaning your application should be postmarked or delivered to the elections center on or before that day. The center is staying open until 6 p.m. on Oct. 11 for in-person registration.

Do I need to register with a specific political party? 

No. Unlike most other states, Texas holds open primaries. Voters can decide which party’s candidates they’d like to select in the primary election, regardless of their political leanings. 

Can someone else register me? 

Yes. With your permission, your spouse, parent or child may file a voter registration application for you — as long as that person is a registered voter or has applied to register. 

I just need to update my name and/or address. How do I do that? 

If you haven’t changed counties, you can make name and address changes online here by Oct. 11. You’ll need your current driver’s license or ID card, a Social Security number and your unique voter ID, known in Texas as the VUID.  

You can find your VUID in a few ways: 

Heider Garcia, elections administrator
2700 Premier St.
Fort Worth, TX 76111
Phone: (817) 831-8683

If you’ve changed counties, you’ll need to register to vote in your new county. If you’d like, you can renew your driver’s license and register to vote at the same time. Some people can even register online if they’re renewing their driver’s license online

How can I serve as a poll worker on Election Day and/or during early voting? 

Complete this form and email it to electionday@tarrantcounty.com, or print out the form and mail it here: 

Poll Workers
2700 Premier St.
Fort Worth, TX 76111

You can also fax the form to 817-850-2330. 

You’re eligible if you’re registered to vote in Tarrant County and don’t hold an elected office or work for someone who is elected. Some high school students can also participate and will receive an “excused absence” from school.

For more information, visit the poll worker page on the Tarrant County Elections website. 

How can I file an election-related complaint? 

Email your concern to electionday@tarrantcounty.com. Someone from the Tarrant County Elections Center will respond to your email.

Alexis Allison is the health reporter at the Fort Worth Report. Her position is supported by a grant from Texas Health Resources. Contact her at alexis.allison@fortworthreport.org or via Twitter. At the Fort Worth Report, news decisions are made independently of our board members and financial supporters. Read more about our editorial independence policy here.

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