Texas absentee ballot guide
Last updated: July 2, 2020
- In Texas, you can apply for an absentee ballot by-mail or in-person.
A Federal Judge ruled on May 19th that all state voters, regardless of age, qualify for mail-in ballots during the coronavirus pandemic. This is still an ongoing legal case, and we will update our vote-by-mail rules as we learn more.
Absentee ballot deadlines
- In-person: 11 days before Election Day
- By-mail: Received 11 days before Election Day
- Voted absentee ballots are due: Election Day
Who can vote by absentee ballot in Texas
You may get an absentee ballot and vote by mail in Texas if:
- you are 65 years or older;
- you are disabled;
- you will be out of the county on Election Day and during the period for early voting by personal appearance; or
- you are confined in jail, but otherwise eligible.
- it is unclear at this point if COVID-19 will be an acceptable excuse to vote by mail. We will update the rules as we learn more.
Apply by-mail or in-person
- Download and fill out the Texas absentee ballot application.
- Sign and date your form.
- Mail or hand-deliver your completed form directly to your local election office. You should submit your form as soon as possible, but no later than the deadline.
- The deadline to apply for an absentee ballot by-mail is: Received 11 days before Election Day.
- The deadline to apply for an absentee ballot in-person is: 11 days before Election Day.
Your absentee ballot should arrive within a week of your application. If it doesn’t arrive, call your local election office and follow up.
Once your ballot arrives
- Once you receive your absentee ballot, carefully read and follow the instructions.
- Mail or hand-deliver your completed absentee ballot to your local elections office. Your ballot must be received by the deadline or it will not be counted.
- Your voted absentee ballot is due on Election Day.
Confused? Need help?
Contact your local elections office if you have any questions about absentee ballots in Texas.