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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
  • Online:
  • 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

  1. Download and fill out the Texas absentee ballot application.
  2. Sign and date your form.
  3. 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.
  4. The deadline to apply for an absentee ballot by-mail is: Received 11 days before Election Day.
  5. 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

  1. Once you receive your absentee ballot, carefully read and follow the instructions.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.