Voting provides citizens with a chance to participate in selecting a government that represents their interests. Not everyone is eligible to vote, however. Across the country, there are certain requirements that must be met before someone can register to vote. In Texas, those requirements include the following:
1. The person must be a United States citizen. Typically, this means that you either need to have been born in the United States or to have had parents who were citizens of the US at the time of your birth. Otherwise, you will either need to apply for naturalization or to apply for acquired citizenship. You can learn more about this process on the website of the US Citizenship and Immigration Services.
2. The person must be a resident of Texas. Typically, this requires you to have lived in the state of Texas for a specific amount of time. If you don’t already live in the state, you can learn more about establishing residency through the state website.
3. The person needs to be at least 18 years old. Federal law requires people to be a minimum of 18 years old on election day in order to be able to vote.
4. The person cannot be a felon who is currently in prison, on probation, or on parole. Having a past felony doesn’t prevent you from voting. However, if you are still in prison or on probation or parole, you won’t be allowed to vote.
5. The person must be mentally competent to vote. There are certain requirements that must be met to declare someone mentally incompetent in regards to their right to vote.
These are the basic requirements that must be met if you want to vote in the state of Texas. Additionally, you will also need to fill out an application to register to vote. You can find copies of this application online that you can print from home. Alternatively, you can also go to the post office, the DMV, or other government facilities to get an application.
Once you have the application filled out, it is simply a matter of submitting it. After your form has been submitted, you should receive a voter ID card in the mail within about a month.
The process of registering to vote is quite easy. As long as you meet all of the requirements, you should be able to get yourself set up as an active voter with very little effort.