If you're a student that spends several weeks or months a year in different locations, but want to vote in Texas, you will need to decide which place in Texas is the geographic location you consider to be your permanent home to which you intend to return after any temporary absence. When you are describing your residence on the voter application, please remember that you are making a factual statement to the best of your knowledge and belief. You are presumed under Texas law to be in the best position to make a factual determination concerning where your residence is for registration purposes. However, you cannot register in more than one location; if you register at a voter registration drive in one county, but put another Texas county as your home on the application, your application will be forwarded to the Texas county of your residence description.
If you are registered at one location in Texas, and will be away from your home Texas county during early voting and on election day, and wish to vote by mail, you can request that a ballot by mail be sent to you. See general instructions for early voting by mail http://www.sos.state.tx.us/elections/pamphlets/earlyvote.shtml.
If you need to travel overseas, see our special section on overseas voting procedures. http://www.sos.state.tx.us/elections/pamphlets/federalapp.shtml
If you consider yourself a permanent resident of another state, you will need to consult with the authorities in that state for their registration and ballot by mail procedures. http://www.fec.gov/pubrec/cfsdd/cfsdd.htm
With respect to election officials and others who often provide advice to students about certain residency issues for voter registration purposes, please inform a student that if they consider their parents address to be their permanent residence, they may use that address as their registration address. If they would like to register to vote at their college address, they may do so. However, students cannot be registered at both places. The general rule of thumb for election officials and those engaged in voter registration drives is that wherever the student claims residency, that is where they should be registered to vote.