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We Can Vote is a nonpartisan resource center that provides regularly updated information and opportunities for each of us to do our part in making the 2020 elections safe, secure, and successful.

Election officials are doing their best to respond to COVID-19, and while the pandemic has disrupted many aspects of civic life, one thing is certain: America will hold elections this November. Together, we can help make sure every eligible voter is able to safely register, vote, and have their voices heard.

Texas: Latest Election & Voting Updates

Last updated Friday, May 29, 2020 11:33 AM ET

Important News

  • May 27, 2020 Courts Weigh Mail Voting

    The Texas Supreme Court affirmed the state's interpretation that lack of immunity to the coronavirus on its own does not constitute a “physical condition” for purposes of qualifying for an absentee ballot based on disability. However, the court said that it is ultimately up to voters to decide if under their personal circumstances they should apply to vote by mail because of disability, suggesting that the coronavirus could be one factor among others in a voter’s personal decision to apply. The court also stated that it trusts that election officials will follow the law, so it declined the Attorney General's request to restrict local election officials as they process absentee applications.

    Separately, a federal court ruled that any eligible Texas voter who seeks to vote by mail to avoid transmission of COVID-19 can cast an absentee ballot, but an appeals court put the ruling on hold. 

  • May 11, 2020 Early Voting Period Extended

    Governor Greg Abbott issued an Order requiring that early voting for the July 14 election begin on June 29. 

  • March 20, 2020 Official Update Governor Postpones Runoff Primary

    Governor Greg Abbot has postponed the primary election initially scheduled for May 26th until July 14 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • March 9, 2020 CDC Recommendations for Election Polling Locations
  1. Monday, June 15, 2020

    Primary Runoff Election Voter Registration Deadline

  2. Monday, June 29, 2020

    Primary Runoff Election Early Voting Begins

    In counties with a population of 100,000 or more, the early voting clerk will keep the main polling place open for 12 hours each day during early voting for the runoff primary election. There will be no early voting on July 3 or 4.

  3. Thursday, July 2, 2020

    Primary Runoff Election Ballot by Mail Application Deadline

  4. Friday, July 10, 2020

    Primary Runoff Election Early Voting Ends

  5. Tuesday, July 14, 2020

    Primary Runoff Election Ballot by Mail Deadline

    Ballots should be received by the clerk before 7:00 p.m. on Election Day.

  6. Tuesday, July 14, 2020

    Primary Runoff Election Day

  7. Monday, October 5, 2020

    General Election Voter Registration Deadline

  8. Monday, October 19, 2020

    General Election Early Voting Begins

  9. Friday, October 23, 2020

    General Election Ballot by Mail Application Deadline

  10. Friday, October 30, 2020

    General Election Early Voting Ends

  11. Tuesday, November 3, 2020

    General Election Ballot by Mail Deadline

    Ballots should be received by the clerk before 7:00 p.m. on Election Day.

  12. Tuesday, November 3, 2020

    Election Day

vote by mail icon. How to vote by mail in Texas

Texas allows voters to vote by mail only under certain circumstances. A court has ruled that all voters can use absentee ballots for the July 14 election under the "disability" exception. The court's decision may be appealed. The state has not indicated if it will also allow absentee voting for all voters in the November election.

Take Action to Support Safe & Secure Elections in Texas

Below are some practical, positive actions you can take to help voters prepare for the 2020 election and cast their ballots in the way that’s best and healthiest for them.

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Information about voting is based on:

  • Official policy announcements on government websites
  • News stories citing verified statements from government officials

Information about actions people can take will be:

  • Non-partisan 
  • Positive and practical
  • Community-based and supported by trusted partners and networks

Policy information will focus on:

  • Proactive steps officials are taking to hold elections
  • How community groups, individuals and businesses are supporting elections
  • Public education efforts around voting
  • Pen and pencil icon. Demand a Plan for Safe Elections

    Texas has not shared an official plan for holding safe elections in November. Send a letter to Governor Abbott and demand that they share their plan.


    Demand a Plan

  • Hand raised icon. Volunteer to help with elections in your community

    Election officials will need more volunteers this year to help run elections while protecting public health. Sign up to be a volunteer in your community and support hard working election officials.


    Volunteer

  • Speech buble with checkmark icon. Sign a Petition Supporting Safe Elections During COVID-19

    MOVE Texas Action Fund is urging supporters to sign on to support online voter registration, no-excuse absentee voting, and no more postponed elections.


    Take Action

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We Can Vote is calling on all states and voting territories to develop clear election plans that protect our democracy while also preserving public health. Policymakers, and election administrators can act decisively to do the following:


  • Provide mail ballot options to all eligible voters, including the ability to request ballots online in a secure and equitable manner;
  • Preserve in-person voting options in November that:
    • Ensure sufficient hours and locations to prevent long lines or large crowds
    • Ensure enough in-person options on tribal lands and in other locations with limited mail access
    • Use best practices from public health officials to have healthy polling sites
  • Engage with major employers, colleges, and media so that any shifts in election administration serve voters in local communities, and so local communities can assist by volunteering to help by being poll workers for America's largest civic event;
  • Create rules and protocols through administrative and legislative action so that all eligible Americans can vote in November's election.

These simple steps can help ensure that eligible voters can access their ballots while minimizing the risks of this virus. These steps will allow communities to come together and support hard-working election officials who ensure that America's democracy is healthy and strong.