Vote Safely During the Coronavirus

Vote Safely During the Coronavirus

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Vote Safely and “Be a Texas Voter!” in the 2020 elections. 

We fight for the right of ALL Texas voters to protect their health and be allowed to vote safely and securely in our democracy!  Your vote is more important than ever before – share these options for voting in elections safely.  

 

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Vote in your home! Apply to vote by mail 

Voters who are in high-risk categories of the virus, who are sick, disabled, or 65 years or older are eligible to vote-by-mail in Texas. The League of Women Voters encourages these voters to limit their exposure to crowds by voting at home. 

Applications to Vote by Mail must be received by the Elections Office (712 S. Stagecoach Trail, Suite 1012, San Marcos, TX 78666) on or before October 23. Absentee ballots must be received at the Elections Office before the close of the polls on Election Day, or postmarked no later than the 5pm on Election Day and received no later than Nov 4.

If you decide to vote in person rather than by the Mail-In ballot you received, you may do so but must bring your mail-in ballot with you to be voided by the Election Judge. Or you will have to request a Provisional Ballot at your polling place. If the Elections Office does not receive your mail-in ballot after you have voted a provisional ballot, that provisional ballot will be counted.

 

Mail-In Ballots for the 2020 November 3 General Election begin being mailed out between September 14-18.  

 

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Vote early!

Avoid busy polling places on Election Day. All voters who are not high risk and want to do their part to curb the virus should consider voting early. The more voters who cast their ballots early, the fewer long lines and crowds we will see on Election Day.  Prepare ahead of time. Compare candidates and print your ballot with the League's nonpartisan Voters Guide at VOTE411.org.  

 

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Vote during non-peak hours 

We are all familiar with crowds and long lines on Election Day, especially first thing in the morning, over lunch hours, and after work. Voters can limit their interaction with the public by planning to vote during non-peak hours, like the middle of the morning and afternoon.  

If voting in-person be sure to do it safely. Wear a mask and practice social distancing,

Bring your government-issued photo ID.

 

Video on Voting Procedures

 

Elections Administrator Jennifer Anderson walks voters through the new process designed to ensure the safety of voters and poll workers.

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More Voting Info

 

Please volunteer

Volunteer with our county election department! 

Help support democracy in our community! Contact our Hays County Elections Office to volunteer. Counties will need to increase the number of trained poll workers and election judges to cover absences and prevent closure of polling places. The Texas Secretary of State offers on online poll worker training. Please ensure our county election officials follow the CDC Recommendations for Election Polling Place and the Texas Secretary of State's May/2020 Health Protocol for Voters and Elections &  June/2020 Voting In-Person During COVID-19

 

Please register and vote

Update your voter registration!

A registered voter who moves within the county may update their name or address of their voter registration online here.  First time voters or voters who move to another county fill out an application, mail  or turn it in to their county voter registrar. 

If you have a printer, a stamp and want to DIY? Type in your personal information here, then print, sign and mail to the address on the form you print.  No printer? No problem! You may  fill out a voter registration application and have it mailed to you at register2vote.org or from the Secretary of State here.  Please remember, Texas does not have a modern online voter registration system. Learn more about voter registration in Texas.

 

Please research and vote

VOTE411.org 

The League’s nonpartisan (and award-winning) election website VOTE411.org has everything voters need to find options for voting early or voting by mail. VOTE411 will also have special alerts on primary election days highlighting any changes to normal voting procedures, including any last-minute changes to polling locations. The site is a personalized voting information hub where voters can check their registration, find their polling place, see what will be on your ballot, and more.  

In addition to VOTE411, an additional nonpartisan website available to help with your research on candidates is Ballotpedia.org. Candidate forums are another way to research candidates, whether conducted by this or another League or by another group.

Election Protection Safe vote

Report Any Problems 

Voters who encounter problems while voting should report them to the Election Protection Hotline. Trained experts are prepared to talk voters through any issues.  

  • 1-866-OUR-VOTE (866-687-8683) 
  • 1-888-VE-Y-VOTA (en Español) 
  • 1-888-API-VOTE (Asian multilingual assistance) 
  • 1-844-YALLA-US (Arabic) 

 

Please vote and join the League of Women Voters

Join the League of Women Voters of Hays County

To learn more about elections in our county or to get involved, consider signing up for our newsletter or go to the Join page on our website.

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