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VOTE 2020

In the midst of all that 2020 has brought us, Americans will also go to the polls this November to elect leaders at various levels of government — including the President of the United States. Every election is another opportunity for us all to exercise our right to vote — and for Christians to have a direct impact on our nation's government.

Pastor Gregg Matte and Houston's First encourage believers to prepare spiritually and practically for the 2020 elections. To help, we're providing the following resources and opportunities. Some are designed to focus your heart on Him, elevating the truth of His Word above the noise of the headlines. Others are provided simply to get you ready to actually vote — making sure you're registered and can find a polling location.

Also included is a letter from Pastor Gregg where he shares his heart about the unique ministry opportunities God has given him as he interacts with various elected officials.

No matter how you vote, do so with a heart that has spent time in God's Word and in prayer with Him. Then, cast your vote knowing that He is in control of all things!

Prepare Spiritually

Spiritually prepare yourself for the upcoming election.


Prepare Practically

The right to vote is an honor and a privilege. Here, Pastor Gregg shares five P's to consider as you seek to steward your vote. Click here to learn more about the five P's.

Prayer

Policies

Partners

Person

Participate

Learn about the 5 P's of stewarding your vote


The Pastor and Politicians

"Through the years, I have been invited to attend numerous types of events and have met with leaders in various arenas. Those in political realms —— local, state, or national —— always seem to bring the most questions. I thought it would be helpful to share my heart and thoughts." — Pastor Gregg Matte

Voter Information

Voter RegistrationVoter ID RequirementsSample Ballots
Early VotingElection Day Polling LocationsElection Workers

Voter Registration

Mon, Oct 5, is the deadline to register to vote or to update your current registration in time for the General Election on Tue, Nov 3. If you live in Texas, click the button below to:

  • register to vote for the first time
  • verify your current registration
  • update your registration (new address, new name, etc.)
  • request a replacement voter registration card

CLICK FOR VOTER REGISTRATION FORM

NOTE: If you are already registered to vote but have moved since the last election and do not update your registration with a new address, you will have to vote in the precinct in which you are registered. (If your new address is in the same county as the address where you are actually registered, you can vote at any of the Early Voting locations made available in your county.)

Voter ID Requirements

Voters must present one of the following photo IDs when casting their vote in person:

  • 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 concealed 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

Learn more about the voter ID law at the Texas Secretary of State's website.

Sample Ballots

Be informed about what offices or ballot measures will appear on your ballot. Visit your county's website below to find a sample ballot for where you're registered to vote.

Early Voting

Tue, Oct 13–Fri, Oct 30

Early Voting by personal appearance is available for registered voters in Texas from Tue, Oct 13, through Fri, Oct 30. During this time, voters may vote at any of the designated Early Voting polling locations within the county in which they are registered to vote. The Early Voting polling locations are likely different from your designated Election Day polling location, or even Early Voting locations that were available in previous elections.

Visit your county's website below to find a list of Early Voting polling locations and their respective daily schedules.

Election Day Polling Locations

Tue, Nov 3

If you do not cast your vote during the Early Voting period, you will have to cast your vote in person at your designated polling location on Election Day, Tue, Nov 3. Your Election Day polling location is based on the address at which you are registered to vote.

Visit your county's website below to find your designated Election Day polling location and its respective schedule. Keep in mind that polling locations often change from one election to the next. So, be sure to verify where you should go before heading to the polls!

Election Workers

Harris County requires thousands of people to work at over 750 polls on Election Day. If you are registered to vote in Harris County and are interested in being an Election Worker, find details and the application form at the link below.

APPLY TO BE AN ELECTION WORKER

  • Students age 16 and older may apply here to be Student Election Workers.
  • Individuals who speak and read Spanish, Vietnamese, or Chinese, in addition to English, are encouraged to apply here.



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