By Katie Stewart |

It’s midterm election season, but what does that mean? It means it is time to make sure you’re registered to vote and that you know about the candidates. Often times, midterm elections have a lower turnout but why not shake those boring statistics. Here’s what you need to know for Texas voting!

So… Who’s Running?

But, wait – who’s running and how do I know who they are? Texas Tribune’s website has a list of all the candidates statewide including breakdowns by category, district and party affiliation. The Who Represents Me?  government website is also a great resource to see districts and current representatives for Waco and the state.

Wait, am I registered?

Don’t stress if you don’t know if you’re registered. You can check the Texas Secretary of State’s website to see if you’re already registered. Be prepared to enter your Texas driver’s license, Voter Unique Identifier (VUID) or your name and county along with your date of birth.

If you’re not registered, don’t sweat it. There’s still time to get registered to vote in time for the November 6 elections. Simply get registered and postmarked by October 9. You can apply to register online, but, according to, “If you fill out a voter registration application online using the above link, you must print the completed application and send it to your county voter registrar’s office.” Texas requires a “wet signature,” so you’ll still have to send in your application by snail mail.

All set and registered. So, like, when and where do I vote?

If you’re already registered, early voting starts at 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. every day starting on October 22 and it ends on November 2. If you’re not participating in early voting, election day will be on November 6. Check here for McLennan County voting sites.

You don’t have to worry about bringing your voter registration card, but you do need a photo ID. Don’t forget to bring one of these approved items of a photo ID:

  • Texas Driver License issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS)
  • Texas Election Identification Certificate issued by DPS
  • Texas Personal Identification Card issued by DPS
  • Texas Handgun License issued by DPS
  • United States Military Identification Card containing the person’s photograph
  • United States Citizenship Certificate containing the person’s photograph
  • United States Passport (book or card)

On the go? Listen to the Texas Standard’s synopsis of voting information here.