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Elections

While the majority of the city limits lie within Dallas County, a small area falls within the Collin County boundaries. Find your county’s polling locations at DallasCountyVotes.org or CollinCountyTX.gov/ElectionsYou also may call 214-819-6300 for general information or 214-819-6389 for voter registration information.

May 6, 2017 General Election

Early voting for the May 6 election will begin April 24 and end May 2. Early voting locations will be announced in 2017.

  • Jan. 18     First day for filing an application for a place on the ballot
  • Feb. 17    Last day for filing an application for a place on the ballot
  • March 22    First day to mail early ballots, if available
  • April 6       Last day for submitting voter registration application in time for the election
  • April 24     First day for early voting by personal appearance
  • April 25     Last day to receive application by mail for a ballot to be voted by mail
  • May 2       Last day of regular early voting by personal appearance
  • May 6       Election Day 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Additional ID Options for Voters

The City of Garland reminds Texans that voters who cannot obtain one of the seven forms of approved photo ID now have additional options when voting in person.

The seven forms of approved photo ID are:
- 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 license to carry a handgun 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

With the exception of the U.S. citizenship certificate, the approved photo ID must be current or have expired no more than four years before being presented for voter qualification at the polling place.

As provided by a court order, if a voter has a reasonable impediment to obtaining one of the seven forms of approved photo ID, the voter may vote by signing a declaration at the polls explaining why the voter is unable to obtain one of the seven forms of approved photo ID, and providing one form of supporting documentation.

Supporting documentation can be:
- a certified birth certificate (must be an original)
- a valid voter registration certificate
- a copy or original of current utility bill, bank statement, government check or paycheck
- a government document that shows the voter’s name and an address (a government document that includes a photo must be   original, not a copy) 

If a voter meets these requirements and is otherwise eligible to vote, the voter will be able to cast a regular ballot in the election.

Voters with a disability may continue to apply with the county registrar for a permanent exemption to showing approved photo ID the polls. Also, voters who have consistent religious objections to being photographed or who cannot present one of the seven forms of approved photo ID because of certain natural disasters as declared by the President of the United States or the Texas Governor, may continue to apply for a temporary exemption to showing approved photo ID at the polls.

Voters can learn more by visiting VoteTexas.gov or calling 1-800-252-VOTE.

 

Helpful links:

www.dallascountyvotes.org

http://www.sos.state.tx.us/elections/voter/2016-important-election-dates.shtml

www.garlandgis.com

http://www.fyi.legis.state.tx.us/Home.aspx