Register to Vote

Register to Vote

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How to register to vote in Texas.

  1. Check your voter registration status at votetexas.gov
  2. Voters who move to a new address within the same county or changed your name while remaining in the same county, you can update your information online
  3. New voters or voters who move to another county may use the League's VOTE411.org voter registration tool or print a voter registration application, fill out, sign, stamp and mail in or turn in to the Hays County Elections Administrator's office, Hays County Voter Registrar, 712 South Stagecoach Trail, Suite 1012, San Marcos, TX 78666.
  4. Voter registration applications are at your library, government offices, or high school! Fill it out, sign it, and mail it in! 
  5. No printer? No problem! You may  fill out a voter registration application and have it mailed to you at register2vote.org or from the Secretary of State here. 

Regístrese Para Votar at VoteTexas.gov

Update your voter registration if you have...

  • Moved?
  • Name change?
  • Not voted in the last four years?

Fact:

  • You do not need to register before every election.
  • If you are not registered, you need to register at least 30 days before the election.
  • The Hays County Elections Administrator's office can help you with voter registration concerns.
  • You may qualify to keep your address off the public record.
  • If you are registered to vote, you will receive a new voter registration card in the mail every two years. If you move it will not be forwarded.

Who Can Register to Vote?

  • A citizen of the United States,
  • A resident of the county, and
  • 17 years 10 months old (to vote you must be 18 years old on Election Day).
  • You must not have been declared mentally incapacitated by a court of law.
  • If you have been convicted of a felony, you may register to vote only after you have completed the punishment phase of your conviction, including any terms of incarceration, parole, supervision, or period of probation ordered by the court.

Can I Register Online to Vote in Texas? No! You must fill out, sign, and mail or turn in the voter registration application to Elections Administrator, 712 S. Stagecoach Trail, Suite 1012, San Marcos, TX 78666.

What if I show up to vote and I'm not on the list of registered voters? 

The Federal Help America Vote Act (HAVA) of 2002 provides for provisional voting if a voter’s name does not appear on the list of registered voters due to an administrative error. If your name is not on the rolls of registered voters in your precinct, but you believe you are registered, the election judge will attempt to determine if you are registered somewhere else in your county. If yes, you will be allowed to vote and your address will be updated.

If your registration cannot be found, you may cast a provisional vote by filling out an affidavit and a paper ballot. This ballot is kept separate from the regular ballots, and the case will be reviewed by the provisional voting ballot board. The ballot will be counted only if the voter is determined to be a registered voter in that precinct. Provisional voters will receive a notice in the mail by the tenth day after the local canvass advising them if their provisional ballots were counted and, if they were not counted, the reason why.

If you vote provisionally, you will need to visit the  Hays County Elections Administrator's officeHays County within six (6) calendar days of the date of the election to either present one of the seven (7) acceptable forms of photo ID in order for your provisional ballot to be counted. The State of Texas provides certain other options for those who qualify if you are not able to present one of the seven acceptable forms of ID, including the execution of a Reasonable Impediment Declaration and presenting one of the acceptable forms of supporting ID.

Call us if you have any voting questions or concerns.

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