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Voting and Civic Engagement

Learn how to become active in your nation, your state, your local community, and at UNT!

You're Registered to Vote, What Next

Registering is just the first step... now you should learn the candidates and issues so you can cast your vote.

Below you'll find Voting Resources designed to help you learn who and what's on the ballot, as well as the ins and outs of the candidates and issues. Don't go to the poll before you know who and what you're voting for. 

Registered in Denton County and need to know where to vote? Below find resources and guidance for Voting in Person.

Not registered to vote in Denton County? Below find help for requesting a Ballot by Mail / Absentee Ballot.

Voting in Person

**Note: this box is updated with in-person voting information as it is made available**

Voting in Person

For the 2020 General Election, EARLY in-person voting is available October 13-October 31

The University of North Texas will host early in-person voting in the UNT Gateway Center Rooms 43/47.

Visit VoteDenton.com to find your election day polling location and to view sample ballots. NOTE: Not all ballots are the same, especially when deciding state and local races. 

Texas Voter ID Requirements

To vote in Texas, you need to arrive at the polling location with 1 (one) of the following 7 forms of identification:

  1. Texas Driver License
  2. Texas Election ID Certificate
  3. Texas Personal ID Card
  4. Texas Handgun License
  5. U.S. Citizenship Certificate with Photo
  6. U.S. Military ID Card with Photo
  7. U.S. Passport (Book or Card)

If you do not have any of the items listed above, you may be qualify for a Reasonable Impediment Declaration by presenting a copy or original of one of the following: 

  • copy or original of a government document that shows the voter’s name and an address, including the voter’s voter registration certificate;
  • copy of or original current utility bill;
  • copy of or original bank statement;
  • copy of or original government check;
  • copy of or original paycheck; or
  • copy of or original of (a) a certified domestic (from a U.S. state or territory) birth certificate or (b) a document confirming birth admissible in a court of law which establishes the voter’s identity (which may include a foreign birth document).

After presenting one of the forms of supporting ID listed above, the voter must execute a Reasonable Impediment Declaration.

Need more information? Visit Ready. Check. Vote.

Resources for Voting during a Pandemic

Voting By Mail / Absentee Voting

To be eligible to vote early by mail in Texas, you must:

  • be 65 years or older;
  • be disabled;
  • be out of the county on election day and during the period for early voting by personal appearance; or
  • be confined in jail, but otherwise eligible.

Students living in Denton to attend UNT who choose not to transfer their voter registration to Denton County can request an Absentee Ballot. 

The Texas Secretary of State provides instructions for requesting an Absentee Ballot / Ballot by Mail. Below is how to request an Application for Ballot by Mail. If you have questions or need additional help, please email govinfo@unt.edu with questions or to request an appointment for assistance. 

Instructions for submitting a Texas Application for Ballot by Mail (“ABBM”):

  1. Print (PDF) the ABBM form
  2. OR submit an order online and an ABBM will be mailed to you. [THIS IS typically THE FASTER OPTION]
  3. Complete Sections 1 through 8. 
  4. Sign and Date Section 10.
  5. If you were unable to sign the application and someone witnessed your signature, that person must complete Section 11.
  6. If someone helped you complete the application or mailed the application for you, that person must complete Section 11.
  7. Affix postage . [POSTAGE CAN BE PURCHASED AT THE POST OFFICE on the lower level of the UNT UNION]
    1. If you printed the application you must place it in your own envelope and add postage.
    2. If you ordered the application online and it was mailed to you - fold the application in half, moisten top tab, seal and add postage.
  8. Address and mail the completed ABBM to the Early Voting Clerk in your county. You may also fax the application if a fax machine is available in the early voting clerk’s office.  You also have the option of submitting a scanned copy of the completed and signed application to the Early Voting Clerk via email. If an ABBM is faxed or emailed, then the original, hard copy of the application MUST be mailed and received by the early voting clerk no later than the 4th business day.
    1. The Early Voting Clerk is the County Clerk or Elections Administrator for your county
    2. Contact information, including fax numbers if available, and email addresses for the Early Voting Clerks are available on this website.

Registered to vote in another state and need an absentee ballot?

Here are resources to help you request an absentee ballot from your home state

Voting Resources

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