The right to vote; most of us enjoy having that right.  Too few of us exercise it.  It’s something not everyone in the world gets to do.  But in America, before you can vote, you must register to vote.  That’s actually the easiest part, I believe.  The hard work begins when you enter the polling place.  But first things first, just what do you need to do to be registered to vote?

To begin, you need to determine if you meet the criteria to be a registered voter.  No sweat!  According to, you can register to vote in Texas if:

  • You are a United States citizen
  • You are a resident of the county where you submit the application
  • You are at least 18 years old on Election Day
  • You are not a convicted felon (you may be eligible to vote if you have completed your sentence, probation, and parole)
  • You have not been declared by a court exercising probate jurisdiction to be either totally mentally incapacitated or partially mentally incapacitated without the right to vote.

So, if you meet these requirements, what’s the next step?  You can either visit the County Clerk’s office (or, in some Texas counties, the Tax Assessor-Collectors Office) and fill out a voter registration form.  You can also download the form here.

If you live outside Wichita County, click here to see a complete list of all election offices for Texas from the Secretary of State’s Official website.  Forms must be mailed to the County Clerk’s office.  Online only registration is not available in Texas at this time.  And, you must be registered at least 30 days prior to the election.  So, in the case of the November 6 elections, you’d better get started today!  The Wichita County Clerks Office is located at 900 7th Street, Room 250. Visit their website to get to know a little more about them!