Texas

Step 1: Apply

Can I vote-by-mail in my state?


Maybe, Texas requires an excuse to vote-by-mail. You can find a list of the accepted excuses below. If you qualify, follow the application steps listed. If you don't qualify, call your representatives and ask them to change the rules. Many states have already done so this year. Click here to register as a new voter or to check your existing registration. (It's always a good idea to double-check.) https://teamrv-mvp.sos.texas.gov/MVP/mvp.do ***For some reason, Texas blocks this referral link, so you will probably have to copy and paste the web address.***




Who is allowed to vote-by-mail?


In order to apply to vote absentee, you must meet at least one of the following qualifications:

  • Be 65 years or older
  • Be disabled
  • Be out of the county on election day and during the period for early voting by personal appearance
  • Be confined in jail, but otherwise eligible.




Where should I send my completed application?


Deliver your completed application to your local election office via mail, email, fax, or in person. If you fax or email your form, you mail the original hard copy to the office and it must be received no later than the 4th business day. Find the address and contact info for your county here: https://www.sos.state.tx.us/elections/voter/county.shtml




When is the application due?


Technically, applications must be received by October 23, 2020. To avoid delays within the election office and the postal service, we recommend you send it immediately and no later than the middle of October. New voters must register by October 5, 2020.




What if I don't qualify to vote-by-mail?


It can be frustrating to learn that different states have different rules for voting. Where you live shouldn't affect your right to vote safely. If you are a Texas resident and you want to vote-by-mail, call your elected officials. Pressure from constituents matters. Other states have changed their requirements this year due to concern over Coronavirus. At this time, only five states have the kind of restrictive regulations Texas has. Enter your address in the link below. Call the offices of your governor and state legislators listed at the bottom. https://www.270towin.com/elected-officials/




I have a question that wasn't answered here.


Please call the county election office where you live. They are in charge of elections and should be able to help you. https://www.sos.texas.gov/elections/voter/votregduties.shtml




***Shenanigan Alerts**


Things to look out for: At this time, only five states have the kind of restrictive regulations Texas has. While you may not be able to vote absentee by mail, any registered voter may vote early in person. This isn't a perfect solution, or even the type of protection forty-five other states are providing their residents, but it's better than standing in line for hours on election day. Texas blocks referral links on this website. Indiana and West Virginia also block a few. The other forty-seven states block none.





Step 2: Vote-by-Mail

When do I have to mail or drop off my completed ballot?


Technically, ballots must be postmarked by Election Day (November 3, 2020) and received by the day after Election Day. (November 4, 2020) To avoid delays within the election office and the postal service, we recommend you return your voted ballot as soon as it arrives and no later than the middle of October. You may also drop your ballot at your local election office. It's a good idea to call and check first. https://www.sos.texas.gov/elections/voter/votregduties.shtml




Does it require a stamp? Two?


Read the outside of the envelope to see if additional postage may be required. The US Postal service will deliver any ballot, regardless of whether or not it has the correct postage, or any at all. They will charge the local election office for any unpaid postage. https://time.com/4547550/absentee-mail-ballot-postage-stamp-postal-service-usps/




Can my ballot be dropped off at a polling site or dedicated drop box?


There won't be drop boxes available. The rules regarding whether or not you can drop your ballot at a polling site seem to vary county to county. To be safe, it would be better to call first and then drop your ballot at the county election office.




Is there any way to check if my ballot was received?


There is no electronic way to track your absentee ballot. You may call your local election office to find out if they've received your ballot.




I have a question that wasn't answered here.


Please call the county election office where you live. They are in charge of elections and should be able to help you. https://www.sos.texas.gov/elections/voter/votregduties.shtml





Early In-Person Voting

Does my state offer any in-person early voting days?


October 13 - 30, 2020




Link to information and locations:


Despite the restrictions to absentee voting by mail, any registered voter may vote early in person. Find times and locations here: https://teamrv-mvp.sos.texas.gov/MVP/mvp.do ***For some reason, Texas blocks this referral link, so you will probably have to copy and paste the web address.***




I have a question that wasn't answered here.


Please call the county election office where you live. They are in charge of elections and should be able to help you. https://www.sos.texas.gov/elections/voter/votregduties.shtml





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