Election Day Polling Location
Sky Candy is an Election Day polling place this year! We will not be open for the Early Voting period (Monday, 10/24 – Friday, 11/4), only for Election Day itself.
We hope that many of you are able to early vote, or are able to take advantage of absentee/mail-in voting to spread out in-person risk and ensure that last minute obstacles don’t stop you from casting your ballot. However, if you miss the early voting window, we will be open from 7am-7pm on Election Day (Tuesday, 11/8).
Travis County has open voting, so if you are registered to vote in Travis County, you may vote at any polling location with the county. There is also specific information for senior voters and voters with special needs, including curbside voting, photo ID disability exemptions, and need for an interpreter, located here.
The last day to apply for a ballot by mail is October 28th and the deadline for mail-in ballots to be returned to the county is November 8th. You can download an application here or request an application to be mailed to you here. If a mail-in ballot is postmarked by 7pm on November 8th, it will be counted if it’s received by the county by 5pm November 9th.
In order to vote in Texas, you need to be registered to vote by October 11th. This includes ensuring that your current address is updated. If registering by mail, your registration should be postmarked by October 11th. Check to see if you’re registered and verify your information through the Texas Secretary of State’s website.
You can request a postage-paid application through the mail or find one at county voter registrars’ offices and some post offices, government offices or high schools. You can also print out the online application and mail it to the voter registrar in your county. Download your application here.
Texas does not currently offer online voter registration, however you can report an address or name change online. You are eligible to register to vote if you meet all of the following criteria.
- You are a United States citizen.
- You are a resident of the county where you submit the application.
- You are at least 17 years and 10 months old, and you are 18 years of age on Election Day.
- You are not a convicted felon still in the middle of your sentence, probation, or parole. (You are still eligible to vote if your felony conviction is in the middle of an active appeal. After completing your sentence, probation, a/o parole, you will have to re-register to vote and be prepared to show proof that you have complied with your sentencing requirements.)
- You have not been declared by a court exercising probate jurisdiction to be either totally mentally incapacitated or partially mentally incapacitated without the right to vote.
In Texas, you need one of seven acceptable forms of photo ID.
- Texas drivers license
- Texas election ID certificate
- Texas personal ID card
- Texas handgun license
- U.S. citizenship certificate with photo
- U.S. military ID card with photo
- U.S. passport (book or card)
Make certain that your name and address on your ID match your voter registration before you head out to vote. Don’t have and can’t reasonably obtain one of the acceptable forms of photo ID? You may qualify for a Reasonable Impediment Declaration by showing a copy or original of one of the following supporting forms of identification.
- Certified domestic birth certificate or court admissible birth document
- Current utility bill
- Bank statement
- Government check
- Government document with your name and address + your voter registration certificate
Other Things You’ll Need
You may need a face covering (well-fitting mask covering the mouth and nose) to enter a polling place and may also want to bring hand sanitizer. Polling places will attempt to have both items for those who forget or don’t have access to them, but their availability cannot be guaranteed.
You may also want to bring snacks, water, comfortable shoes, and something to entertain yourself in case of a long wait/line at your chosen polling place. Finally, you may want to physically write down your choices to help you remember them, especially your down ballot selections. Phones are not allowed to be used in polling places, so old-fashioned paper is best.
You may want to check the estimated wait time at your likely polling places before heading out and can do that here.
For more info on voting in Texas, please visit VoteTexas.gov. It’s managed by the Texas Secretary of State and will have the most up to date and official information about voting rules and procedures. The information on this page has been gathered from that site and from the Texas Tribune’s excellent voter guide.