How to Register and Vote in College
Step 1: Figure out where you want to vote.
-You can register at your campus address or at your permanent or home address. You may only be registered & vote in 1 location.
-Consider if there are local issues that are important to you, or if your state is a swing state, or if absentee balloting is easy or hard.
Step 2: Check deadlines and eligibility.
Each state has its own voter registration deadlines and eligibility requirements. Find the eligibility requirements for your state.
Some general voting eligibility requirements:
-Must be 18 years old to vote. Age requirements for registration can vary.
-Must be a US citizen.
-Must meet state residency requirements.
-Must provide ID on voting day.
Step 3: Register to vote.
-Registering to vote is an easy process that can be done in person, online or by mail.
-In Texas, you must be 17 years and 10 months to register (18 years to vote).
-You will need to fill out a form and provide some type of approved ID, like a driver’s license. In Texas, a student ID is NOT an approved ID.
-To vote in the November 3 general election, you must be registered by Monday, October 5.
Step 4: Request absentee ballot if necessary.
-If you registered to vote in your home county but are out of state or a distant county during the election period, you will need to request an absentee ballot in order to vote. For a Texas absentee ballot, the request must be received (not postmarked) by October 23, 2020.
-Your state will send a ballot in the mail before election day. You must send your completed ballot through the mail before the date listed on the ballot.
Step 5: Get educated on the issues.
-Before voting, it’s important to research the political issues that will be included in the election. This website has links to resources from a variety of viewpoints to help you get familiar with issues that may come up during elections.
Step 6: Go vote.
-Some states have early voting. In Texas you can vote early from Oct 19- 30.
-On election day, voting site hours are different in different state. In Texas they are open from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm. If you are in line by the closing time, you are allowed to vote.
Grace Avenue United Methodist Church is non-partisan organization. Voter education is an important part of our mission to eradicate homelessness in whatever form it presents itself.