Voting guide: November 2021 election, Austin-Travis County, Texas

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The November 2021 elections will take place on Tuesday, November 2nd. Here’s a guide to what you need to know before choosing.

AUSTIN, Texas – The November 2021 election will take place on Tuesday, November 2nd. From city proposals to city council members, voters have the opportunity to determine the fate of several local races in just under a month.

The personal pre-voting for the elections on November 2nd will take place from Monday, October 18th to Friday, October 29th. The last day to apply for a postal vote is Friday October 22nd.

The ballot papers must be received by November 2nd at 7:00 p.m. or on November 3rd at 5:00 p.m. if the envelope was postmarked by 7:00 p.m. on the day of the election.

On election day, the polling stations are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. For early voters, the polling stations are open Monday to Saturday at the same time and on Sundays from 12 noon to 6 p.m.

Below you will find instructions on how to vote in the election:

Are you registered to vote?

The deadline to register for the Texas election is Monday October 4th. You can check online to see if you are currently registered to vote.

To register, you must complete a voter registration application and return it to your district electoral office at least 30 days before the next election, in this case November 2nd.

The application is available online. Texans can also request that a hard copy application be mailed to them or contact their local voter registrar to complete the process.

If you are already registered but have since moved within the same county, you will need to change your information online.

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What to bring to a polling station to vote in Texas?

To vote in person in Texas, you must show valid photo ID. Below is a list of valid IDs:

  • Texas Drivers Licenses 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
  • U.S. military ID that includes the person’s photo
  • U.S. Citizenship Certificate that contains the person’s photo
  • US passport

Here is a list of what to bring if you don’t have any of the accepted photo IDs and “can’t get a decent one”:

  • Copy or original of a government document showing the name and address of the voter, including the voter’s voter registration certificate;
  • Copy or original of the current electricity bill
  • Copy or original bank statement
  • Copy of government check or original check
  • Copy or original paycheck; or
  • Copy or original of (a) a certified birth certificate from a U.S. state or territory, or (b) a document attesting the legal birth and identifying the voter

If you cannot provide a valid photo ID but can provide one of the appropriate IDs, you will need to complete a Declaration of Appropriate Disability.

How to request a postal vote

To vote in Texas by mail, you must be 65 or older, ill or disabled, not be in county or in jail on election day and during the early election period, but otherwise be eligible.

The last day to request a postal vote for the November 2021 election is Friday October 22nd. To vote by postal vote, you must also submit your application to your district election office.

You can submit your application by fax or email. However, the application must be sent in paper form by post and must then be received by the pre-election representative within four working days.

Applications can be printed out online. You can also contact your local election office to obtain one or request one from the State Department.

Where can you vote?

The Texas District Polling Station Program (CWPP) allows residents of specific districts to vote at any polling station in the district. To see if the county you live in participates in CWPP, click here.

If not, you can find out your voting location on the Texas Foreign Minister’s website. A list of Travis County’s polling stations for the November election is also available online.

What’s on the ballot?

One of the biggest campaigns in the November 2nd election is Proposal A, which would increase the Austin police force. Two sworn civil servants would be required for every 1,000 residents.

RELATED: The city is certifying the Save Austin Now initiative to recruit police personnel for the November vote, PAC says

Proposal 3, a proposal by the state of Texas, would prevent the state from banning or restricting religious services.

Proposal 6, another proposal from the state of Texas, would allow people living in certain facilities to select a designated caregiver for the face-to-face visit.

The Travis County sample ballot, which shows all local competitions, is on the Vote Travis website. For Williamson County, visit the Vote WilCo website and fill in the search fields.

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