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The League encourages eligible Texans to apply now to stay safe and vote at home! 

Who can vote by mail in Texas?

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

One of the grounds for voting by mail is disability. The Election Code defines “disability” to include “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.” (Sec. 82.002). Voters who meet this definition and wish to vote a ballot by mail must submit an application for ballot by mail. Texas Secretary of State

Center for Disease Control list of People who Are at Higher Risk for Severe Illness.

Questions or concerns? Please call the Secretary of State at elections [at] sos.texas.gov or Texas Voter Protection 800.252.VOTE(8683) or the Hays County Elections Administrator at at elections [at] co.hays.tx.us and phone calls at (512) 393-7310.

Video: An explanation of the vote by mail process. (If video does not load, try refreshing your browser.)

 

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To obtain an application to vote by mail:

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 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 or 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.

The mail-in BALLOT must be at your county election office by 5 p.m. election day. Elections Administrator, 712 S. Stagecoach Trail, Suite 1012, San Marcos, TX 78666.

For more information:  Texas Secretary of State