What should I expect at the polls?

People at voting boothsIf you've never voted before, it can be intimidating to go and vote. You may not know what to expect. 

Here are some common things to expect when going to the polls:

  • Lines
    • Unless you go at an off time, like mid morning or mid afternoon, you're likely going to have to wait in line at the polls. But don't worry too much, the line tends to move fairly quickly. Make sure that you have plenty of time to wait in a line, instead of going when you only have a certain amount of time before you need to be somewhere.
  • Masks required (Due to COVID)
    • Masks are likely to be required at the polls. Make sure you bring a mask so that you can vote!
  • Helpful Poll Workers
    • Each polling location will be staffed by volunteers who are trained for election day. If you have a question about someone, try to find a poll worker and they can help you!

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What should I bring with me?

You will need to bring a photo ID with you when you vote in person. Here are the acceptable forms of photo ID you can take with you to the polls:

  • 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)

Sample Ballots

Reviewing the ballot before you vote can help you be more comfortable and confident when you do go! You will notice that there are different links for different precincts. Victoria is included in the Countywide Polling Place Program, so you do not have to vote in your precinct. You can vote anywhere in Victoria County.