Last updated on March 14, 2016

Warnings

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). Texas is very strict about ID (student ID cards don't count).

Texas absentee ballot deadlines

Texas absentee ballot rules

You may vote by absentee ballot in Texas if:

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 Official as soon as possible. We’ll provide the mailing address for you.
  4. All Local Election Officials will accept mailed or hand-delivered forms. If it’s close to the deadline, call and see if your Local Election Official will let you fax or email the application.
  5. Make sure your application is received by the deadline. Your application must actually arrive by this time — simply being postmarked by the deadline is insufficient.
  6. Please contact your Local Election Official 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. Your voted ballot must arrive by the deadline or it will not be counted.

Helpful voting links

Frequently asked questions

  • Texas Driver License issued by Texas DPS
  • Texas Election Identification Certificate (EIC) issued by DPS
  • Texas Personal Identification Card issued by DPS
  • Texas Concealed Handgun License issued by DPS
  • U.S. Military ID card containing your photograph
  • U.S. Citizenship Certificate containing your photograph
  • U.S. Passport
  • Texas Driver License issued by Texas DPSTexas Election Identification Certificate (EIC) issued by DPSTexas Personal Identification Card issued by DPSTexas Concealed Handgun License issued by DPSU.S. Military ID card containing your photographU.S. Citizenship Certificate containing your photographU.S. Passport(All documents except the U.S. citizenship certificate must be current or no more than 60 days expired.)NOTE: If you are disabled, in the military, or living overseas, you are NOT required to include a copy of your identification. However, you must complete and return a special form to that effect, which your Texas County Elections Office should mail to you.disabledin the militaryliving overseas
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