Mover's Guide: Texas

August 10, 2010

Elections Division: 1-800-252-VOTE (8683)

I moved from the address at which I am registered.  What should I do?

I moved from another state.

If you moved to Texas from another state, you must register to vote in Texas to be able to vote.[1]  The last day to register in time to vote in the next election is thirty days before the election.[2]

If you moved from out of state, you may register to vote the same day you become a resident of the State of Texas.[3]  And, under federal law, if you move within thirty days of a presidential election, you are allowed to vote for President and Vice President in your former state of residence, either in person or by absentee ballot.[4]

I moved within Texas.

If you moved to a new address within your county, you should complete an address change application to update your address.  That form is available here:https://www.texasonline.state.tx.us/tolapp/sos/SOSACManager.

If you moved to a new address in a different county, you should complete a new registration form to update your registration records.[5] The form is available here: http://www.sos.state.tx.us./elections/voter/reqvr.shtml.

The election is right around the corner and I never updated my registration from my previous address.  What should I do?

If you moved to a new address within the same county since you last voted, you should contact your local election office to determine whether your registration is current and to find out the location of your current polling place.  Election officials may have changed your registration record to reflect your new address even if you did not notify the election official about the move. If your registration information has been changed to your current address, you should go to the polling place associated with that address to vote.

Many registered Texas voters who move are still entitled to cast a ballot that will be counted — even if they did not notify the appropriate election official about their move before Election Day and the election official has not changed their registration.

Scenario One: New Address, but Same Polling Place

If you moved to a new address that is covered by the same polling place as your old address, you can vote at that polling place after confirming your change of address.  This is true regardless of how close to the election you moved.[6]

Scenario Two: New Address in Same County but New Polling Place

If you moved to a new address within the same county but with a different polling place, you can vote at the polling place associated with your old address after confirming your current address, and eligibility.[7]

Scenario Three: New Address in New County

If you moved to a new address in a different county within thirty days of the election, you can vote a limited ballot through in-person early voting or early voting by mail if you would have been eligible to vote at your previous address.[8]  Voters restricted to a limited ballot can only vote for statewide offices and measures, and those offices and measures on the ballot in both your old and new polling place.[9]  If you choose to vote a limited ballot, you must confirm your current address, birth date, and that you would have been eligible to vote in the polling place associated with your old address.[10]

If you moved to a new address more than 30 days before the election, you should complete a new registration form to update your registration records.[11]

Any qualified voter is eligible for in-person early voting.[12]  To qualify for early voting by mail, you must expect to be absent from your county of residence on Election Day and during the regular hours for in-person early voting.[13]  To request an application for a limited mail-in early ballot, you should contact the voting clerk for your new polling place.[14]


[1] Tex. Elec. Code Ann. § 11.002(6) (Vernon 2010).

[2] Tex. Elec. Code Ann. § 13.143.

[3] See Tex. Elec. Code Ann. §§ 13.001(a)(5).

[4] 42 U.S.C. § 1973aa-1(e) (2010).

[5] See Tex. Elec. Code Ann. § 13.001(a)(5); Texas Secretary of State, Voter Registration Address Change, https://www.texasonline.state.tx.us/tolapp/sos/SOSACManager (last visited June 4, 2010).

[6] 42 U.S.C § 1973gg-6(e)(1) (2010).

[7] Tex. Elec. Code Ann. §§ 11.004, 63.0011(b)-(c) (Vernon 2010).

[8] Tex. Elec. Code Ann. § 112.002(a).

[9] Tex. Elec. Code Ann. § 112.004.

[10] Tex. Elec. Code Ann. § 112.002(c).

[11] Texas Secretary of State, Special Procedures for Voters Who Recently Moved, http://www.sos.state.tx.us/elections/pamphlets/specialearlyvoting.shtml (last visited June 4, 2010).

[12] Tex. Elec. Code Ann. § 82.005.

[13] Tex. Elec. Code Ann. § 82.001(a).

[14] Tex. Elec. Code Ann. § 112.005; Texas Secretary of State, Special Procedures for Voters Who Recently Moved, http://www.sos.state.tx.us/elections/pamphlets/specialearlyvoting.shtml (last visited June 4, 2010).