If you are a first-time voter and you did not provide either your Texas drivers license number or Social Security number on your voter registration form, you need to include a copy of photo ID with your application (disabled persons are exempt). Check our Voter ID Laws page for a list of acceptable forms of ID

COVID-19 info

  • Early voting for the general election has been extended. It will begin on Oct. 13 and run through Oct. 30. 
  • Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), Texas Department of State Health Services

Texas absentee ballot deadlines

  • In Person: Received 11 days before Election Day.
  • By Mail: Received 11 days before Election Day.
  • Online: Received 11 days before Election Day.
  • Voted ballots are due: Postmarked by Election Day and received by the day after Election Day.

Texas absentee ballot rules

You may vote by absentee ballot 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, or certified for participation in the address confidentiality program.

Texas absentee ballot directions

  1. Use our Absentee Ballot Tool to prepare your application.
  2. Sign and date the form. This is very important!
  3. Return your completed application to your Local Election Office as soon as possible. We'll provide the mailing address for you.
  4. All Local Election Offices will accept mailed or hand-delivered forms. If you fax or e-mail your application by the deadline, your application will be considered complete and timely as long as the original is mailed to the clerk and received by the early voting clerk by the fourth business day after it was submitted by fax or e-mail.
  5. Double-check the deadlines and be sure to cast your voted ballot on time to be sure it is counted.
  6. Please contact your Local Election Office if you have any further questions about the exact process.

Once you receive your ballot...

  1. Once you receive the ballot, carefully read and follow the instructions.
  2. Sign and date where indicated.
  3. Mail your voted ballot back to the address indicated on the return envelope.
  4. Double-check the deadlines and be sure to cast your voted ballot on time to be sure it is counted.