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Want to vote in Texas' 2020 primaries? Then you need to register soon

That deadline is fast approaching.
Credit: AP
Karina Shumate, 21, a college student studying stenography, fills out a voter registration form in Richardson, Texas, Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020. Democrats are hoping this is the year they can finally make political headway in Texas and have set their sights on trying to win a majority in one house of the state Legislature. Among the hurdles they'll have to overcome are a series of voting restrictions Texas Republicans have implemented in recent years, including the nation's toughest voter ID law, purging of voter rolls and reductions in polling places. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Texans will cast their ballots in the 2020 primary elections in just a matter of weeks, and with election day coming up, voters need to make sure their paperwork is in order now. 

Feb. 3 is the last day to register to vote in the state if you want to have a say in the March primaries. 

To do so, voters must be a resident of the county where they submit a registration application. If you've moved recently, even if it's just within your county, you'll need to update your information before Feb. 3 as well. 

For more information on how you can update your registration and what the requirements are, click here. 

To be eligible to vote, you must be a U.S. citizen over 18 years old on Election Day. You also must have a valid Texas or federal photo ID to cast a ballot, although there are certain exemptions to that. 

Click here for more information on what forms of ID are acceptable. 

To register to vote, you'll need to fill out an application, sign it and mail or drop it off at your county's voter registrar's office. 

Your registration will become effective 30 days after the registrar's office accepts and submits the application. So it must be postmarked or received by the office at least 30 days in advance of an election you want to participate in. 

Confused? Just remember to submit it before Feb. 3-- that's the last day to register. 

To download an online application or find out more about where you can get one, click here. 

Your voter registration card will then be mailed to you within 30 days of your application being submitted. 

It will have information about your specific precinct, which can determine your polling place. Remember, these locations can change depending on the election and whether or not it's an election day or an early voting period, so know before you go.

Click here to find your polling place.

Early voting for the primaries begins Feb. 18 and ends Feb. 28. And remember, primary election day is March 3. 

Interested in casting your ballot by mail? You must ask for one by Feb. 21. 

Click here for details on voting by mail.

To add the rest of the important 2020 election dates you should know to your calendar, visit this link. 

Do you have other questions you want answered about the different elections coming up or the candidates? Email us at digital@wfaa.com.