Registered voters have one more opportunity to cast a ballot in the Nov. 8 election: Election Day.
Your vote will help decide who will lead the Tarrant County Commissioners Court, along with a slew of other state and local positions. The Fort Worth Report will cover these races and more at Election Central.
In the meantime, scroll down to read through the Report’s Election Day voting guide, or click through the table of contents for your specific question.
- When and where do I vote on Election Day?
- Can I check voting wait times?
- What should I bring with me to vote?
- I’m COVID-positive but still want to vote. What are my options?
- How do I preview the ballot?
- What kind of voting equipment does Tarrant County use?
- How do I report a possible voting rights issue?
- Can I get a free ride to a polling place?
- When and where can I get election results?
Have other voting questions?
Contact Tarrant County Elections by phone (817-831-8683), Telecommunications Device for the Deaf (817-759-7801) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
When and where do I vote on Election Day?
You can vote at any voting center in Tarrant County from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Nov. 8. “Anybody who is in line at 7 p.m. votes,” Tarrant County Elections Administrator Heider Garcia told the Report.
Can I check voting wait times?
Yes! Tarrant County Elections made a dashboard, here, that tracks waiting times across voting locations.
What should I bring with me to vote?
You should bring one of the following seven forms of photo identification:
- Texas Driver License issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety
- Texas Election Identification Certificate issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety
- Texas Personal Identification Card issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety
- Texas Handgun License issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety
- United States Military Identification Card that contains your photograph
- United States Citizenship Certificate that contains your photograph
- United States Passport (book or card)
If you’re 18-69 years old, you can still bring these documents if they’re expired — as long as they’re no more than four years past the expiration date. If you’re 70 years or older, though, the document can be expired for any length of time.
If you don’t have one of those seven documents, you’ll need to bring one of the following documents and complete a Reasonable Impediment Declaration form at the polls. These can also be scans or photos on your phone:
- Copy of or original government document that shows your name and an address, including the your 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
- 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 your identity (which may include a foreign birth document).
For more frequently asked questions about identification documents, visit this page of VoteTexas.org. You can also call the Texas Secretary of State’s office at 1-800-252-8683 or email email@example.com.
I’m COVID-positive but still want to vote. What are my options?
You can request curbside voting at any of the polling locations on Election Day. This option is also available for people who struggle to walk or stand for long periods.
Each polling location should have a curbside voting sign located near the handicap parking spaces. Voters can call the number listed on the sign, and poll workers will bring voting materials to the voter.
Voters can also ask poll workers to allow them to move ahead in line.
How do I preview the ballot?
Input your name and birthdate in Tarrant County’s Voter Lookup site. Then, on the left, you’ll see a dropdown menu that says “Select Sample Ballot.” Select either English-Vietnamese or English-Spanish and then click ‘Download’ to download the sample ballot as a PDF.
Garcia recommends people print out the sample ballot, fill it out and bring it with them to reference as they vote. Doing so can make the process quicker, he said.
What kind of voting equipment does Tarrant County use?
Since November 2019, Tarrant County voters have voted using the Hart InterCivic Verity Voting System, which is a hybrid system that provides both digital security and a paper trail for every voter. Here’s how to use the voting system:
Garcia emphasized that voters must submit their ballot to the scanner in the voting center for the vote to count.
How do I report a possible voting rights issue?
Contact Garcia at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Texas Secretary of State’s office at 1-800-252-8683.
Can I get a free ride to a polling place?
Yes! Tarrant County voters can snag a free ride to a polling location on Election Day via Trinity Metro service, Arlington Via and other transportation services.
For Trinity Metro services other than ACCESS, simply bring your voter registration card or current Texas ID and ride as usual.
If you qualify for ACCESS, Northeast Transportation Service, Tarrant County Transportation Service or Handitran, you’ll need to call at least 48 hours in advance to schedule your ride, according to the Tarrant County Elections website.
For Via’s on-demand service in Arlington, download the Via app and enter the address of a polling location within Via’s service area. Your promo code is ARNVOTE2022F.
For questions or to schedule a ride:
- Trinity Metro (bus, rail, ACCESS and ZIPZONE): 817-215-8600
- Northeast Transportation Service: 817-336-8714
- Tarrant County Transportation Service: 817-336-8714
- Arlington Via: 817-459-6777
- Arlington Handitran: 817-459-5390
When and where can I get election results?
The Fort Worth Report will be covering the results at Election Central. Also, Tarrant County Elections will update the results here. The county will post early voting and mail-in voting results around 7 p.m. Nov. 8.
“If there are no significant delays, we should have a significant number (of Election Day results) up by 9, 9:30 p.m.,” Garcia said.
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 email@example.com 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.