Vote By Mail

Vote By Mail

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The Texas League of Women Voters encourages all eligible Texans to apply now to stay safe and vote at home!

Texas voters may apply to vote by mail if they are:

  • 65 years or older
  • Sick or disabled
  • Out of the county during early voting and election day
  • In jail but otherwise eligible to vote

The application may be printed from the county website (English/Spanish), filled out, signed and mailed in:

 

Kara Sands
Nueces County Clerk
ATTN: Elections Division
P.O. Box 2627
Corpus Christi, TX 78403

 

 No printer? No problem! You may use the website, email, or phone to request an application be mailed to you:

 votebymail [at] nuecesco.com -  (361) 888-0865 - website
 

Fill out the vote by mail application once a year if the voter 

  • Is 65 years or older
  • Is sick or disabled
  • Checks the annual application
 
Applications must be received by the county office 11 days before the election, and then ballots must be received by election day. 

October 23 is the deadline to apply to Vote By Mail

But apply as soon as possible and include your contact information in case of problems

 
The earlier all applications are sent in, the more time the county clerks office will have to accurately process those applications.  
 
The Election Code defines the 'disabled' option as “a sickness or physical condition that prevents the voter from appearing at the polling place on election day without a likelihood of needing personal assistance or of injuring the voter's health."    
Texas Secretary of State
 

A voter can take into consideration aspects of their health and their health history that are physical conditions in deciding whether, under the circumstances, to apply to vote by mail because of disability.”  The elections office has no legal authority to require voters verify their disability to apply for ballot by mail. 

The Texas Supreme Court 

 
The CDC COVID-19 website specifically lists the groups at higher risk for severe illness
 
 
Texas is one of 17 States that require an excuse to Vote By Mail
 
Governor Abbott's July 2020 proclamation extends early voting and "allows a voter to deliver a marked mail ballot in person to the early voting clerk’s office prior to and including on election day."  So, you can turn your ballot into the county clerks office at any time after receiving it - but bring your photo ID! 
 

An explanation of the vote by mail process is in the video below including:

  • Who can vote by mail
  • Who qualifies for sick or disabled and who may be at higher risk
  • How to apply 
  • Tips for filling out your application
  • Application due dates
  • Ballot arrival dates
  • Ballot packet information
  • Tips on filling out your ballot
  • Mailing your ballot
  • Getting help

Fill out the vote by mail application once a year if the voter 

  • Is 65 years or older
  • Is sick or disabled 
  • Checks the annual application

Fill out the vote by mail application for each election if the voter

  • will be out of the county during early voting and election day. This includes students living away at school.
  • is in jail 

Tips for filling out the application

  • If you check "Disabled" - DO NOT WRITE IN YOUR DISABILITY.
  •  Avoid any confusion by election officials and sign both your application and ballot in the same way.
  • Have a ballot mailed to the address where you actually are.
  • Include your contact information in case there is a problem with your application.
  • Mark the annual box for voters 65 years of age or older and voters with a disability.
  • Mark the election you will be voting in. If it is the Primary Election then check the Democratic Primary or the Republican Primary. Check the “any resulting runoff” to automatically receive a ballot.
  • Students living away at school check “address outside the county” box.
  • Write the dates you are out of the county where you are registered. For example, dates away at school.

When will I receive my ballot?

  • Ballots are mailed out 30 days before an election or 7 days after the county election office receives an application.

How do I fill out my ballot?

  • Use a blue or black pen, not a pencil.
  • Research your candidates with the League's nonpartisan Voters Guide at VOTE411.org.
  • Sign the ballot and the envelope with the same signature you used on your application.
  • Some ballots may need two stamps.

When does my vote by mail ballot need to be at my county election office?

The vote by mail ballot must be at your county election office on election day!

  • A voter may deliver a marked ballot in person to the county election office on election day while polls are open. In-person delivery for a marked ballot requires presentation of the person’s ID.  For more information:  Texas Secretary of State

What if I later decide to vote in person?

  • Take your unmarked ballot with you to the polling station and turn in to the voting clerk. They will instruct you from there.
  • If you lose, or forget, your ballot you can still cast a ballot at the polling station. You will be allowed to vote a provisional ballot. 

What if I become disabled or ill on or after the deadline to request a vote by mail ballot?

  • Contact the county election office for details to request a late ballot. It requires an assistant committed to two round-trips to the election office, as well as a physician-signed certification of your illness or disability.
  • Curbside voting is available to voters who are sick or are physically unable to enter the polling place, may ask that an election officer bring a ballot to your car.