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Vote GraphicFrom Enterprise Staff

There are a number of deadlines approaching to vote in the March 1 Texas Primary Election.

January 1 was the first day Texans could apply to vote by mail in the 2022 elections. Voters who are over 65 or disabled and wish to vote by mail must apply every year. Voters who will be absent from the county during early voting and Election Day must apply for each election in which they want to vote by mail. The application deadline is Feb. 18 for the Texas Primary Election.

Voters must use the new application for ballot by mail (ABBM) available at their county election office or from the Texas Secretary of State’s website votetexas.gov.  Alternatively, voters may print the vote by mail application in English or Spanish. Applications must be received (not postmarked) at your county election office by the application deadline which is Feb. 18.

This year there is a new eligibility requirement to be able to vote by mail in Texas. If one is expecting to give birth within three week before or after election day, they are available to vote by mail.

The last day to register to vote for the 2022 Texas Primary Elections is Jan. 31. There is a new voter registration application that eligible Texans may print, fill out and turn in to their county voter registrar to register to vote.

Voters who are already registered to vote in Texas may update their voter registration online if they moved within the state or changed their name. The voter will need a Texas driver’s license or personal identification card, their Social Security card and voter registration card VUID (voter unique identifier) number. Voters may find their4 VUID number on their voter registration card, by calling their county voter registrar or at votetexas.gov “Am I Registered?” by inputting their name, county and date of birth.

Another new change is that Texans who apply for a Texas driver’s license may apply to register to vote at the same time. When Texans update their driver’s license online, they may update their voter registration at the same time.

Early voting begins Feb. 14 and will conclude Feb. 25.

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