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Take Charge of Your Future and Vote

This article appeared in the Nov. 6, 2018, issue of the student newsletter.

Early voting ended Nov. 2, but you can still let your voice be heard in the midterm elections on Tuesday, Nov. 6. 

If you're a registered voter, don't let anything — transportation, long lines, etc. — discourage you from going to a polling place on Nov. 6 to exercise your constitutional right. Here's everything you'll need before you go. 

Where Can I Vote? 

You can find your voting precinct location by going to VoteTexas and searching My Voter Page. You can log in to My Voter Page with various combinations of your Voter Unique Identifier (VUID), your birthday, your driver's license number, your name and your county. 

Once you're logged in, you'll see your registration status, your county, precinct and VUID. You can also click on the upcoming election to get your polling information. 

Election Day voting hours are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at all polling places in Texas. When you get in line to vote, stay in line even if you're there after 7 p.m. 

You can still vote when the polls close if you're already in line. Bring a snack if you need one, but stay in line until you submit your ballot! 

How Do I Get to the Polls? 

Now that you know where to go, how do you get there? If you don't have a reliable form of transportation, there are still plenty of options: 

  • As a DCCCD student, you qualify to ride the DART for free! Get your DART Student GoPass and take the train or bus to your polling place.
  • Ridesharing apps like Uber and Lyft are offering free and discounted rides to polling places on Election Day. How can you pass that up?
  • Go with friends! It's better to be with people you want to be around anyway, right? Carpool with the homies to the polls, then go get something to eat after. You've earned it. 

What Should I Bring? 

In Texas, you're required to bring at least one form of identification with you. Any of the following will do the trick: 

  • Texas driver's license
  • U.S. military ID card (with your photo)
  • U.S. passport
  • Texas election identification certificate issued by the Department of Public Safety (DPS)
  • Texas personal identification card issued by DPS
  • Texas handgun license 
  • U.S. citizenship certificate (with your photo)
You have no excuses now. You already registered, and there are many different (and free!) options for you to get to your polling place. Let your voice be heard. Vote, Nov. 6.