Make Your Voice Heard, VOTE!

2016 is an important year to vote! This year we will hold General and Special Elections. The country is electing the next President of the United States and Texas will be electing State Congressional members, as well as various local positions. Here are some important dates to know:

  • The Last Day to Register to Vote is Tuesday, October 11th
  • First Day of Early Voting is Monday, October 24th
  • Last Day to Apply for Ballot by Mail is Friday October 28th
  • Last Day of Early Voting is Friday, November 4th
  • Election Day is Tuesday, November 8th

On Election Day you must vote at your assigned precinct, which can be found on your voter registration card or, if registered in Harris County, from the County Clerk’s Office. (A photo ID is currently required for voting in person)

Learn more about the Texas General Election

For more information on County specifics such as polling locations, sample ballots, military and oversea voters, and early voting, please visit the county websites listed below:

Importance of Voting

The only way to preserve the government "of the people, by the people, for the people" that President Abraham Lincoln described in the Gettysburg Address is for "the people" to participate in election of that government. "The people" that Lincoln was talking about includes each one of us. Voting is not an every four year event when the hoopla of a presidential election stirs voters' interest. The down ballot and off-year elections are very important as well. These are the elections that govern everything from potholes to education to parks to environmental protection to public safety– issues that have an everyday impact on our lives and deserve our attention.

Not too many years ago, people were willing to risk their lives to secure the right to vote. It is a privilege we cannot take for granted. It was not until 1918 that women were allowed to vote. Eighteen year olds have only been able to vote since 1971. The very close Bush v. Gore presidential election in 2000 showed us clearly that each vote can make a difference. Voting is the cornerstone of democracy. We cannot waste this hard-won privilege if we want to preserve government "of the people, by the people, for the people."

Constitutional Provisions Concerning Voting and Elections

  • Article I, Section 2 Election of United States Representatives
  • Article I, Section 3 Election of Senators
  • Article II, Section 1 Election of the President & Vice President
  • Amendment 12 Election of the President & Vice President
  • Amendment 14 Equal Protection of the Laws
  • Amendment 15 Voting Rights for Black Men
  • Amendment 17 Direct Election of Senators
  • Amendment 19 Voting Rights for Women
  • Amendment 23 Electoral Votes for the District of Columbia
  • Amendment 24 Banning the Poll Tax
  • Amendment 26 Voting Rights for Young Adults