Getting to the polls
Drive for Democracy – Give rides to the polls
TechVotes – Austin transportation options
Uber, Lyft to Provide Free & Discounted Trips to Polling Places on Election Day
Spread the Vote – In the state of Texas, you have to have a government issued photo ID to vote.
Toolkits & Other Election Resources
Election Tools – A civic engagement toolkit for election officials
Nonprofit Vote – Voter engagement resource library
“Evidence-Based Practices for Voter Mobilization” – by League of Women Voters
Voter Flow Chart
- Are they registered to vote in Texas at their current address?
- Not sure? Check at the TX Sec. of State site or at Vote.org.
- Yes! Great, skip to the next step to make sure they have the necessary ID.
- Yes, but they moved.
- Still in the same county? Update registration online (this page is not mobile-friendly, and you need to have your voter registration card on hand to complete your change of information).
- Now in a different county? Register in the new county by Tuesday, Oct. 9th.
- No, but they want to be! We recommend starting the process at Register2Vote.org before October 1st. (A completed, ready-to-mail voter registration application will be sent to each user; simply sign, date & drop in the mail early enough to reach the county registrar. Volunteers will follow up to help with questions and ensure completion.)
- Do they have the ID required to vote in Texas?
- Not sure? Check which forms of ID are acceptable and more on voting with or without them at ACLU of Texas or Spread the Vote Texas.
- Yes! Great, skip to the next step to help them make a voting plan.
- Yes, but it expired. Make sure it expired no more than four years before voting day.
- No, and they need to get one! Text (713) 496-0570 to connect with Spread the Vote, which obtains IDs for eligible voters, paying related fees (“for 365 days a year PLUS election day”).
- Do they have a voting plan, including what to bring, where and when to vote, and transportation to the polls?
- What to bring:
- Voter registration card (not required, but helpful)
- ID (generally required)
- Completed sample ballot (recommended) – Ballots can be lengthy, and while cellphones are to be turned off at a polling place, paper notes are allowed.
- League of Women Voters’ fillable, printable sample ballot is available closer to Election Day.
- Travis County’s 2018 ballots are available now.
- Where and when to vote:
- If early voting, at ANY early voting location in the county of residence (Travis County; Williamson County; Hays County; Bastrop County); polling place hours vary by early voting location.
- If voting on Election Day, locate your polling place; Election Day voting hours are 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. at all polling places statewide.
- Transportation to the polls, if needed:
- Plan to ride with a friend to vote together
- Take public transportation: call TxDOT at 800.558.9368 to identify public transit to the polls
- Call Spread The Vote Texas at 713.496.0570 to obtain a ride
- Select from several ride options at TechVotes.org
- Lyft will be offering 50% discounts, and some free rides in low-income communities
- What to bring:
- Want a reminder? Complete this form (physical and email addresses required; mobile number optional, and will be used to text reminders).
We agree with Michelle Obama:
“Keep talking about voting until every single person in your life makes being a voter a part of who they are.” —@MichelleObama
Show five friends how to register to vote. Tell them to text WeAllVote to 97779 or go to https://t.co/TgXnKAVIEI to get started. #WhenWeAllVote pic.twitter.com/n2RoCCfI1p
— When We All Vote (@WhenWeAllVote) September 30, 2018