Delivering Mail-In Ballots in Person to the Elections Office

Delivering Mail-In Ballots in Person to the Elections Office

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The Elections Office has begun mailing out mail-in ballots. The governor's order extending the time period for early voting also made it possible for those who vote by mail to deliver them in person to the Elections Office from the time they are received.

You do not have to wait until Early Voting begins to return Vote by Mail (VBM) ballots in person. Voters can hand-deliver ballots to the Hays County Government Center, 712 S. Stagecoach Trail, San Marcos, TX 78666.

To the left of the main entrance is a door marked Election Entrance.

Park at the end of the government center closest to Stagecoach Trail, then enter the building from that outside door to the left of the main entrance.

Rather than entering the elections office on the right, there will be a station there in the hallway for voters to return mail-in ballots.
 
Your ID (drivers license, passport, or other allowable ID) is required, and you will be asked to sign a form. You will be able to turn in your ballot without ever entering the elections office.  You cannot drop off anyone else’s ballot, only your own. 

Voters do not have to wait until in-person early voting begins.

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Hours for the Elections Office is 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on weekdays. After Early Voting begins on October 13, they will have expanded hours for voting.

NOTE: YOU CANNOT DROP OFF ANYONE ELSE'S BALLOT, ONLY YOUR OWN.

 

Prefer to vote in person even though you received a mail-in ballot? Here's what you need to know.

  • Take your mail-in ballot with you to the polls to be voided by the Elections Judge. After completing the paperwork you can vote in person.
  • If you forget your mail-in ballot, you can be allowed to cast a provisional vote. That will require documentation by the Election Judge as well. It the Elections Office does not receive your mail-in ballot by Election Day (November 3), your provisional ballot will become your official vote.

 

You can also return your ballot by mail.

Whether delivering it in person or by mail, here's what you need to know.

All mail-in (or VBM) ballots are the same, no matter if you requested it because you are eligible by virtue of being 65 or older, disabled, out of the county or country during Early Voting and Election Day, or in jail.

They arrive in an outsized green envelope containing a yellow and a white envelope, a ballot and several pages of instructions.

Use a blue or black ink pen to completely fill in the rectangle in front of the candidate for whom you wish to vote. If there is no candidate for whom you wish to vote, you may skip that race. Or research the candidates on Vote411.org, the online version of the League's Voters Guide, or on another nonpartisan site, Ballotpedia.org, to decide how you wish to vote.

Place your completed ballot in the white envelope marked Ballot Envelope and seal it.

Place the sealed white envelope in the yellow mailing envelope addressed to the Elections Office in San Marcos. Seal it. On the line that crosses over the flap of the envelope, sign it with your usual signature.

If you had help completing your ballot, have that person sign and fill out their contact information as instructed.

Place a Forever stamp (55 cents) on the envelope and mail it, preferably at the post office or in a blue post office mail box rather than a personal mail box.

If you would like to check on whether your ballot has been received, go to the Hays County website, go to the Elections Office section, and click on the Current Elections tab. Find the All Mail Ballots Returned: and click the link there to download an Excel file with the list of all mail-in ballots received. The last date ballots were received and processed will be listed in the link.

 

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