If you’re not yet registered to vote, you have one more day to make your voice heard in the Nov. 7 election. By law, eligible Texas voters must register by the 30th day before Election Day. This year that’s Tuesday, Oct. 10. If you’re not sure, you can check your registration status through the county’s elections website, or through the Texas Secretary of State’s online portal.

In Texas, you cannot register to vote online. Voter registration applications must be submitted to the Harris County Tax Assessor-Collector’s office either by mail, or in person by 5 p.m. Registration application forms — available in English, Spanish, Chinese and Vietnamese — can be filled out online and then printed, or printed blank and then filled out. You also can pick up a paper application at your local post office, library, high school, Texas Department of Public Safety office, Texas Health and Human Services Commission and other government offices.

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To qualify to vote, you must be a U.S. citizen and resident of Harris County. You must be at least 18 to vote, but you can register at 17 years and 10 months old.

You cannot register to vote if you have been declared totally mentally incapacitated or partially mentally incapacitated without the right to vote by a probate judge.

If you have been convicted of a felony, you must have fully discharged your sentence, or been pardoned or otherwise released from the resulting disability in order to complete a registration.

If you need language assistance you can call the Harris County Tax Assessor-Collector’s office at (713) 274-8200 to receive assistance in English, Spanish, Vietnamese and Chinese. 

Early voting begins Oct. 23 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and runs through Nov. 3. at polling locations across Harris County. If you qualify for and would like to vote by mail, the last day to submit an absentee ballot is by 5 p.m. Oct. 27. Election Day is Nov. 7. Cast your ballot at one of Harris County’s polling locations from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. As long as you’re in line by 7 p.m., your vote will still count. 

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Monique Welch covers diverse communities for the Houston Landing. She was previously an engagement reporter for the Houston Chronicle, where she reported on trending news within the greater Houston region...