Vote for Change

Vote for change during the runoff elections following November’s general election! Our Voter Education Hub has everything you need to be a voter. Take your future into your own hands and protect your freedoms at the ballot box in 2022.
*If your area is not featured below, google your city’s name with “2022 runoff election” to learn more.

The voter registration deadline for this election was October 11, 2022.

Important Dates to Know

Austin

Early Voting: Dec. 1 – 9
Election Day: Dec. 13

Corpus Christi

Early Voting: Dec. 3 – 9
Election Day: Dec. 13

El Paso

Early Voting: Nov. 30 – Dec. 13
Election Day: Dec. 17

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FAQs: How you can vote for change

Find relevant information about voting, including how Senate Bill 1 affects you as a voter, below.

A runoff election is what happens when no candidate gets 50% of the votes in an election.

As long as you registered to vote in Texas by October 11, 2022, you can vote in your area’s runoff election! (Even if you didn’t vote in the November election).

The top two candidates will proceed to a runoff election, where Texans will cast their ballot to decide who will represent them.

Runoff elections will look different depending on where you live, from the candidates on the ballot to the dates of voting.

Any voter registered in the candidate’s area of representation can vote in a runoff. Even if you didn’t vote in the general election, you can still vote in the runoff!

You can confirm your registration status on the Texas Secretary of State’s website. If you can’t find your registration, call your county voter registrar’s office to confirm your status.

Find your polling place using the “My Voter Portal” from the state of Texas.

On Election Day, if your county participates in the Countywide Polling Place Program (CWPP) – commonly referred to as ‘Vote Centers’ – you can vote at any location in your county of residence.

If your county does not participate in the CWPP, you can only vote at the voting precinct assigned to you. Find you polling pace here.

You can use one of the following 7 forms of photo identification (can be expired up to four years):

  • Texas Driver License issued by DPS
  • Texas Election Identification Certificate
  • Texas personal identification card issued by DPS
  • Texas license to carry a handgun issued by DPS
  • United States military identification card containing the person’s photograph
  • United States citizenship certificate containing the person’s photograph
  • United States passport

That’s okay, as long as your name matches, your ID will be accepted. Texas does not require the address to match.

You can still make address or name changes online until Oct. 11 (the voter registration deadline). After this deadline passes, you have to vote in the county where you are registered to vote. However, voting by mail might be an option for you. See the FAQ below on voting by mail eligibility and how to obtain a vote by mail application.

The voter registration applications and the vote by mail applications are completely different and separate forms. If you would like to vote by mail you can check if you qualify and request a Vote By Mail Application. However, in order to vote by mail, you must be registered to vote. If you send a filled out mail in ballot, you cannot also try to vote in-person.

You can vote by mail if: 

  • You will be outside of the county during Early Vote AND Election Day
  • You who are sick or have a disability
  • You who are confined in jail without a felony conviction
  • You are 65 and over on Election Day
  • You are expected to give birth within three weeks before or after Election Day

If you are eligible, you can request an application to vote by mail here.

But keep this in mind: Applications to vote by mail must be in the hands of elections officials by Oct. 28, 2022. If you want to vote by mail, you must move quickly and submit your application as soon as possible.

Yes! The Voter ID card is not required if you have one of the following forms of photo identification (can be expired up to four years):

  • Texas Driver License issued by DPS
  • Texas Election Identification Certificate
  • Texas personal identification card issued by DPS
  • Texas license to carry a handgun issued by DPS
  • United States military identification card containing the person’s photograph
  • United States citizenship certificate containing the person’s photograph
  • United States passport

For voters aged 18-69, ID must be current or have expired no more than 4 years before being presented for voter qualification at the polling place. If you are 70 years of age or older, you may use a form of acceptable photo identification that has expired if the identification is otherwise valid.

The new state law passed by the 2021 Texas Legislature changed voting this year for Texans in the following ways:

  • Mail-in-ballot voters must now provide ID on both the application and the return carrier envelope for their completed ballot.
  • Election officials are no longer allowed to send vote-by-mail applications forms to voters who have not gone through the process of requesting one.
  • Anyone who helps someone else in filling out a ballot at the polls – due to help needed because of language barriers, physical mobility, etc. – must now sign a form disclosing their relationship to the voter. The person assisting must also recite an oath stating that they did not pressure or coerce the voter into choosing them as their assistant.
  • There is now a ban drive-through and 24-hour early voting. Both of those methods were used by elections administrators in 2020 to allow for safe voting access during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic, helping more than 127,000 people exercise their right to vote safely.

Contact the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and Texas Civil Rights Project election protection hotline at (866) OUR-VOTE.

What’s at stake when you vote in this election?

Learn more about runoff elections in Austin, Corpus Christi, and El Paso below! If your area is not featured below, google your city name with “2022 runoff election” to learn more.

Austin Runoff Election Candidates

Early Voting: December 1 – 9
Election Day: December 13

The mayor is the chief executive and administrative officer of the city.

Celia Israel

Kirk Watson

City council members are the city’s legislators, and their primary role is policymaking.

José Velásquez

Daniela Silva

Corpus Christi Runoff Election Candidates

Early Voting: December 3 – 9
Election Day: December 13

Note on voting locations: Early voting December 3 – 4 will only be available at the Nueces Court House (12-5 pm)

El Paso Runoff Election Candidates

Early Voting: November 30 – December 13
Election Day: December 17


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Voting isn’t always easy in Texas–but Democracy From The Ground Up is on a mission to ensure you can vote for change.

Past Wins:

  • In 2019 and 2020, our Democracy from the Ground Up campaign successfully implemented more than 10 reforms in various counties, benefiting more than 50% of the state’s population.
  • Denton County: Worked to recruit high school and college students to participate in local Student Poll Worker Programs to supplement an anticipated decline in poll worker availability.
  • Tarrant County: Regularly updated the County Elections website, including without limitation voter registration tools, polling place locators, and any feature that estimates wait times at polling places, and ensured that it is accurate at all times.
  • Cameron County: Announced planned polling locations at least one month in advance of the election.
  • Hidalgo County: Boosted curbside voting so that eligible voters can be processed as they drive up to designated areas without them having to go inside to request curbside voting (required by current law).
  • El Paso County: Gained community input about planned locations of polling places.
  • Bexar County: Verified that all polling locations in the County comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
  • Hays County: Modified county website to display recommended statements regarding vote-by-mail as well as the link to apply for a mail-in ballot with deadline dates clearly posted.
  • Travis County: Instituted a tracking system for vote-by-mail applications and ballots so people can check status.
  • Harris County: Mailed postage-paid vote-by-mail applications to all voters 65 or older.
  • Brazos County: Instructed poll workers that no electioneering on PPE is allowed.
  • Dallas County: Took measures recommended by CDC to protect poll workers, including securing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), encouraging voters to wear masks including through a posted sign, marking out social distance spacing for voters waiting in line, and making sure polling places have supplies to ensure public safety, including hand sanitizer and materials for safe ballot marking.

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