Am I eligible to register to vote?

In Texas, eligibility to vote is granted to Texans who are U.S. citizens, residents of the county where registration is made, and at least 18 years old on the scheduled election date. Residents who have been convicted of a felony must have been, one of the following:

  • Fully discharged from their sentence, including any term of confinement, supervision, or parole, or completed probation.
  • Fully pardoned or released from the disability to vote.


Am I allowed to vote using a provisional ballot?

Voters can vote provisionally if they believe they are eligible. A provisional ballot may or may not be counted.  Provisional ballots are offered if there’s an issue with or question about a voter’s eligibility to vote.

With that said, anyone not eligible to vote who attempts to do so, could be subjected to prosecution as the county voter registrar now is mandated to notify the attorney general, Secretary of State, and the relevant county/district attorney if someone is not eligible to vote and either registered to vote or voted.


Note: Be careful of this if you have a prior felony conviction.



This information was written by Louis A. Bedford IV to provide Texans with updated information regarding their rights and the law as they vote in 2022. It is for informational purposes only and is not meant to replace legal advice.

Mollie Finch Belt is the Publisher and Chief Executive Officer of The Dallas Examiner. She attended elementary school in Tuskegee, Ala.; Cambridge, Mass.; and Dallas, Texas. In 1961, she graduated from...

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