Texas has eligibility requirements for voting by mail.
Voters eligible to vote by mail
- will be away from their county during the entire Early Voting period and on Election Day;
- are disabled;
- are 65 years of age or older on Election Day; OR
- are confined in jail, but otherwise eligible to vote.
COVID-19 update from Bexar County Elections Department on eligibility to vote by mail
Call the Bexar County Elections Department at 210-335-8683 to get your eligibility questions answered.
Apply to vote by mail (by Tuesday, April 20, 2021)
If you meet the eligibility requirements, you must fill out an application to vote by mail and submit it to the county to have a mail-in ballot sent to you.
You can obtain an application to vote by mail
- By phone
- Call Bexar County Elections Dept. at 210-335-8683 to have one sent to you.
Notes on completing the application
- Use black or blue pen. No pencil.
- Section 4: Include contact information so that the Elections Department can reach you if they have questions about your application that will delay its approval.
- Section 5: Voters with disabilities are not required to explain or provide proof of their disability. Simply check the box marked "disability."
- Section 6a: Voters 65 or older and those with disabilities only need to apply once to receive the ballots for all elections of a given calendar year if they place a checkmark in the "Annual Application."
- Section 6b: Voters who will be out of the county or are confined in jail must submit a separate application for each election, but can check "any resulting runoff" to automatically receive the runoff ballot for a given election.
- Section 6a and 6b: If voting in a primary or primary runoff, be certain to check which party's ballot you will need.
- Students registered in Bexar County but attending college outside the county: Be sure to check the "Address outside the county" box in Section 7. Write the date you can begin to receive mail outside the county and the date you will return to the county in Section 8.
- Section 11: If you are unable to sign the form, mark it, or submit it yourself, you can have someone help you, with that person acting as a "witness" or "assistant," depending on the help that they provide. Carefully read and follow the instructions on the back of the application about witnesses and assistants.
- Review your application to be sure you have included all necessary information, including your signature and the date.
Notes on signing the application
- You must sign and date your application.
- Take note of how you sign it, or snap a photo of your signature with your cell phone, and when you complete your mail-in ballot, be sure to sign your ballot envelope in the same manner to ensure that your ballot is counted.
Submit your application to vote by mail
Your application to vote by mail must be received no later than the 11th day before Election Day at the Bexar County Elections Department, although it's best to submit it as early as possible.
By mail (must be received by Tuesday, April 20 )
- Address the application to: Early Voting Clerk, Bexar County Elections Department, 1103 S. Frio Street, STE 100, San Antonio, TX 78207
Delivering in person (must deliver by Friday, April 16)
- You must deliver the application yourself and bring photo id—no one may deliver it for you;
- you must deliver it before the start of the Early Voting period; AND
- deliver to the same address as above.
By fax or email (must be received by Tuesday, April 20)
- In both cases, you must also mail in the original signed application, and the Bexar County Elections Department must receive it within four (4) business days of receiving the fax or email.
- Fax your signed application to 210-335-0371 and call 210-335-8683 to confirm receipt.
- Email a scan of your signed application to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Track your application to vote by mail
Use the online tracker at Bexar County Elections Department to see if your application has been received and approved. You can use the same tracker to see when your ballot is received and counted.
If you become ill or disabled on or after the deadline apply to vote by mail, you can still vote!
- Curbside voting
- Voting from a vehicle is available to voters who are sick or are physically unable to enter the polling place. Voters may ask that an election officer bring a ballot to their car.
- Emergency ballots
- Contact Bexar County Elections Department at 210-335-8683 for details about how to request and vote a late ballot. It requires:
- someone who can go to the elections office for you two times
- a note written and signed by your physician certifying your illness or disability
Complete your mail-in ballot
Once you receive your ballot:
- use black or blue pen.
- fill or darken each oval completely—no checkmarks!
Be sure to write your signature with care:
- on the back of the carrier envelope where indicated.
- in the same way you signed your application to vote by mail.
The signature on your application and the signature on your ballot carrier envelope will be compared to verify they came from the same person.
Track your mail-in ballot
Use the online tracker at Bexar County Elections Department to see if your ballot has been received and approved.
If you change your mind and want to vote in person...
- Take your unmarked ballot with you when you go to vote and present it to the election clerk (the person who checks your ID and signs you in).
- If you've lost or forgotten to bring your ballot, you can still vote a regular ballot in person, although it will take time for the election worker to notify the elections department that you will not be voting by mail.
Submit your mail-in ballot
In person, any time through 7:00pm on Election Day (Saturday, May 1)
- You can deliver your own ballot in person to the Bexar County Elections Department during business or polling hours as soon as you have completed it. The deadline is 7:00 p.m on Election Day.
- You must show an acceptable ID when you deliver it.
By mail (postmarked by May 1 AND received by May 3)
- Mail in your ballot at the earliest possible opportunity
- Mailing your ballot may require more than one stamp.
- Your ballot must be postmarked in Bexar County by 7 p.m. on Election Day and received before 5 p.m. on the following business day
- Address to: Early Voting Clerk, Bexar County Elections Department, 1103 S. Frio Street, STE 100, San Antonio, TX 78207
Different deadlines apply for military and non-military voters living overseas