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Are you eligible to vote by mail?

Every Texas citizen aged 65 or older may vote by mail. Many under 65 during this pandemic with any physical condition creating a likelihood of injuring their health at the polls may vote too. With COVID-19 infections and deaths surging, stay-at-home orders, and a fall flu season ahead, you should not have to choose between your vote and your health.

Your sound health and constitutional right to vote: Not an either-or choice

Travis County Clerk Dana DeBeauvoir has said, “If a voter has a condition such as asthma, diabetes, any other kind of immunocompromised system, if the voter has comorbidities, all of those are going to be included in the voter’s judgment about asking for a ballot by mail.” "If the voter swears to it, it's the voter's prerogative and the voter's right and there isn't any way for us to reject it on the basis of disability," she said. Texas placed in the hands of the voter the determination of whether in-person voting will cause a likelihood of injury due to a physical condition.

In an interview in September, Texas Chief Justice Nathan Hecht said:

“The statute leaves this decision up to the individual...You can’t ask them. There is no form they have to fill out, they don’t have to swear to it, don’t have to sign anything; all they have to do is say, ‘I want (a mail-in ballot) because in my view I need one.’”

Common conditions that put one at risk of getting severely ill from COVID-19

A few such conditions to consider in determining whether to request to vote-by-mail include: asthma, diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, serious heart conditions, cancer, sickle cell disease, chronic kidney disease, pregnancy, and smoking.  If you are not able to vote safely, you may for purposes of voting by mail, have a "disability.” Texas law defines "disability" as "a physical condition that prevents the voter from appearing … on election day without a likelihood … of injuring the voter's health."

It is up to you to decide whether to check the box claiming a disability, Box 5.  You do not need to write anything on the application regarding the condition upon which you rely.

If, after having reviewed the above, you would like to apply to vote by mail, applications are available through your County Clerk or by clicking here for BexarHays, or Travis Counties.

When should I apply?

Don’t delay! Those who apply now may have the opportunity to be the first to vote by getting their ballots possibly as early as September. And after voting in the comfort of your home, return your ballot promptly, though you have plenty of time, even if the post office may be a bit slower.

The Texas Supreme Court has ruled that lack of immunity to the coronavirus alone is not enough to qualify.  But it’s up to you to decide if you should vote by mail because of an additional physical condition, such as above, which could endanger health.

 

Vote by Mail FAQ

How do I check to see if I am registered to vote?

To check your voter registration status, visit Am I Registered?

You will need one of these pieces of identification to check your voter registration status:

  • Your VUID. Your VUID can be found on your voter registration certificate;
  • Your Texas Drivers License number if you used it to apply to vote;
  • Or your first and last name and date of birth.

What do I need to bring to the polls to verify my identity?

You must provide one form of identification below to vote at the polls:

  • Texas Driver License issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS)
  • Texas Election Identification Certificate issued by DPS
  • Texas Personal Identification Card issued by DPS
  • Texas Handgun License issued by DPS
  • United States Military Identification Card containing the person’s photograph
  • United States Citizenship Certificate containing the person’s photograph
  • United States Passport (book or card)

If you cannot provide one of the above, you may instead provide:

  • A copy or original of a government document that shows the voter's name and an address, including the voter's voter registration certificate;
  • A copy of or original current utility bill;
  • A copy of or original bank statement;
  • A copy of or original government check;
  • A copy of or original paycheck; or
  • A copy of or original of (a) a certified domestic (from a U.S. state or territory) birth certificate or (b) a document confirming birth admissible in a court of law which establishes the voter's identity (which may include a foreign birth document).

After presenting one of the forms of supporting ID listed above, the voter must execute a Reasonable Impediment Declaration.

When should I expect to receive my ballot by mail?

Times will vary depending on the county in which you reside. Some counties began sending ballots in late-September.

Can I verify whether my application to vote-by-mail has been received or my ballot has been mailed to me?

Yes, contact your local elections department to verify the status of your application or ballot. Some counties have created websites so you can check on the status of your ballot:

Bexar County - Español

 

Comal County

 

Williamson County

 

If I am worried about my ballot arriving on time due to delays in the USPS, what should I do?

To ensure that your ballot is counted, send off your ballot as soon as you have received it and filled it out. The sooner it is sent in, the sooner it will have time be processed by your county’s election office.

Texas counties will also be providing drop-off locations for those who wish to submit their mail-in ballots in person rather than send them through postal mail. 

You must provide a valid photo ID to drop off your ballot. If you are over the age of 70, you are allowed to use an expired driver's license.

Can I drop off my mail-in ballot in person?

Per Governor Abbott’s recent Executive Order, Texas counties are limited to one voting by mail drop-off location. 

You must provide a valid photo ID to drop off your ballot. If you are over the age of 70, you are allowed to use an expired driver's license.

Bexar County

1103 S. Frio St, 

Suite 200

San Antonio, TX  78207

 

Hays County

712 South Stagecoach Trail

Suite 1012

San Marcos, TX  78666

Monday - Friday: 8 AM - 5 PM (Until Early Voting)

 

Travis County

5501 Airport Blvd

Austin, TX 78751-1410

Monday-Friday until early voting begins: 8 AM - 5 PM

October 13 - November 1: 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM, Monday - Saturday; 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM Sunday 

November 2: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM 

November 3: 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM

 

Caldwell County

1403 Blackjack Street, Suite C

Lockhart, TX  78644

 

Guadalupe County

215 S. Milam, 

Seguin, Texas 78155

 

Comal County

396 N. Seguin Ave., 

New Braunfels, TX  78130

 

Williamson County

Inner Loop Annex, 301 SE Inner Loop, 

Ste. 104

Georgetown, TX  78626

 

What do I do if I don’t receive my ballot by Election Day?

You can vote provisionally at any Early Voting or Election Day location.

I received an application in the mail to apply for vote by mail but I am already registered. Does that mean I need to register again?

Several groups are sending out applications to voters. You may receive one even if you have already applied. Call your elections office to verify if you are unsure. 

If you have already applied to vote by mail, you may consider giving the application to a friend or family member. 

If someone has a felony on their voting record, can they vote in Texas again?

In Texas, voting rights are restored after the completion of their sentence (including prison), and both their probation and parole. For more information, visit https://www.sos.state.tx.us/elections/laws/effects.shtml.

I need help getting to the polls. Are there any services offering free rides?

Yes, some companies are offering services to transport voters to the polls during early voting and on Election Day:

Capital Area Rural Transportation System (CARTS) 

Early Voting: October 13-30

Election Day: November 3 

This includes non-urbanized areas of Caldwell, Hays, Travis, and other counties. Schedule a ride by calling (512) 478-RIDE (7433).

 

CapMetro MetroAccess

Election Day: November 3

Free access for MetroAccess customers in Travis County

You can also book a trip to visit the ballot dropoff location at the Travis County Clerk’s office if you are voting by mail.

Contact MetroAccess for more information: (512) 389-7501.

 

2020 General Election Timeline for Tuesday, November 3, 2020 Presidential Joint General and Special Elections:

Tuesday, October 13: First day of early voting in person

Friday, October 30: Last day to vote in-person

Tuesday, November 3: Election Day

 

Early Voting Locations:

 

 

Bexar County - Map

 

Hays County - Map - Waiting Times

 

Travis County - Map - Waiting Times

 

Caldwell County

 

Guadalupe County

 

Comal County - Map

 

Williamson County

 

 

Election Day Voting Locations:

 

Bexar County

 

Hays County - Map

 

Travis County - Waiting Times

 

Caldwell County

 

Guadalupe County

 

Comal County

 

Williamson County

 

For more information, email or call my office, or contact your county’s elections department.

Bexar County

(210) 335-8683

103 S. Frio St., Suite 200

San Antonio, TX 78207-6328

https://www.bexar.org/1573/Early-Voting-Absentee-Ballots

 

Hays County

(512) 393-7310

elections@co.hays.tx.us

712 South Stagecoach TrailSuite 1012

San Marcos, TX  78666-5999

https://hayscountytx.com/departments/elections/resources/voter-registration-and-ballot-by-mail/

 

Travis County

24-hour voting hotline: (512) 238-8683

(512) 854-4996

elections@traviscountytx.gov

5501 Airport Boulevard

Austin, TX 78751-1410

https://countyclerk.traviscountytx.gov/elections/ballot-by-mail.html

 

Caldwell County

(512) 668-4347

1403 Blackjack Street, Suite C

Lockhart, TX 78644

https://www.co.caldwell.tx.us/page/caldwell.ElectionsOffice

 

Guadalupe County

(830) 303-6363

215 S. Milam

Seguin, Texas 78155

https://www.co.guadalupe.tx.us/elections/

 

Comal County

830-221-1352

396 N. Seguin Avenue 

New Braunfels, Texas 78130

https://www.co.comal.tx.us/Elections.htm

 

Williamson County

(512) 943-1633

bbm@wilco.org

301 SE Inner Loop Ste 104

Georgetown, TX 78626

https://www.wilco.org/Departments/Elections/Voting-By-Mail