Voting by Mail in Texas

Steps to Voting by Mail in Texas

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Who is eligible to vote by mail?

Those who are:

  • 65 years or older
  • Sick or disabled
  • Out of the county during early voting and election day
  • In jail or Involuntary Civil Commitment but otherwise eligible to vote
  • Expecting to give birth within three weeks before or after election day.
  • To Vote by Mail because you are sick or disabled, you must affirm the following: "I have a sickness or physical condition that prevents me from appearing at the polling place on election day without a likelihood of needing personal assistance or injuring my health."

Where to get/submit a Vote by Mail (VBM) application

  • Request an application from your County Election office.
  • At VoteTexas.gov, print the Vote by Mail application in English or Spanish. Complete, sign, and mail to the county elections department where you are registered to vote.*

Tips for filling out the VBM application

Read all the instructions provided on the back of the application

Sec. 1 - Provide contact information so that the Elections Department can reach you if they have a concern so that the approval of the application is not delayed.

Provide Your ID number from:

  • A Texas Driver license
  • A Texas Personal ID
  • Election Identification Certificate
  • or, if none of these has been issued, then the last four of your Social Security number.

Use the same ID number on the Vote by Mail application and the ballot carrier envelope that you used for your voter registration.

Sec. 2 - Provide the address where the ballot is to be mailed.

Sec. 3 - Voters with disabilities check the box marked disability.

Sec. 4 - If you are 65 years or older, or are sick or disabled, mark the box for “Annual Application”.

  • If you are out of the county (where you are registered to vote) during early voting and on Election Day, mark which election you are applying to Vote by Mail.
  • Mark your party of choice to vote in the Primary Election and runoff.

Sec. 5 - Don’t forget to sign the application.

Sec. 6 - If the voter is unable to sign the application follow the instructions for witnessing a signature.

  • Persons who assist voters with a Vote By Mail application must provide their name and address.

Deadline

  • Applications must be received (not postmarked) at your county election office by the application deadline.

Vote

Tips for filling out and submitting your ballot

  • Research your candidates with the League's nonpartisan Voters Guide at VOTE411.org.
  • Mark your ballot using a black or blue pen
  • Place your ballot in the ballot envelope and seal it
  • Place the ballot envelope in the carrier envelope
  • Complete all information on the carrier envelope -- note that the place to put your Voter ID is under the flap --, seal it, and sign the flap of the carrier envelope.
  • Provide your ID number from:
    • A Texas Driver license
    • A Texas Personal ID
    • Election Identification Certificate
    • or, if none of these has been issued, then the last four of your Social Security Number.

Use the same ID number on the Vote by Mail application and the ballot carrier envelope that you used for your voter registration.

  • Don’t forget to sign the carrier envelope with the same signature you used on your application.
  • Mail in your ballot as soon as possible. It must be received at your county election office by 7:00 p.m. on Election Day.
  • You may use the US Postal Office or common carriers such as Fed Ex, UPS or DHL to mail your ballot.

What if I want to hand-deliver my ballot?

  • Take your Vote by Mail ballot with you to the polling station and turn in to the voting clerk. You will be allowed to vote a regular ballot.
  • If you lose or forget your Vote by Mail ballot, you may cast a provisional ballot.

For more information, review the Secretary of State's information provided in your Vote by Mail ballot package.

Persons who assist a voter with the Vote by Mail ballot must:

  • Provide their name, address, and relationship to the voter
  • Sign an oath
  • Mark that they didn’t receive compensation.

The cure process

  • If you provide contact information, the Elections Department may reach out to you if they have a concern with your ballot.

Track your Vote by Mail application and ballot online

Need help?

*Bexar County Elections Department Contact Information

Bexar County Elections Department
1103 S. Frio St., Suite 100
San Antonio, TX 78207
Phone: 210-335-VOTE (8683)

  • Visit VOTE411.ORG for more election information
  • Visit LWVSA.ORG for short educational videos and informational resources on the voting process.
  • Print copies of the nonpartisan LWVSA Voters Guide will be available in your public library before early voting.
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