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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 Texas Voter ID Laws page for a list of acceptable forms of ID

Effective, December 2, 2021, when applying for an early vote or absentee ballot, you will have to provide the number from your driver's license, election ID certificate, or state ID card if you have one. The driver's license or state ID card can be expired for this purpose if it is otherwise valid. If you haven't been issued any of those cards, then you must provide the last four digits of your social security number. If you haven't been issued any of those documents, you will be allowed to sign a statement attesting to that fact. In addition, when returning your absentee ballot, this same identification information must be included where indicated on the carrier envelope.
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Texas absentee ballot deadlines

Request deadlines

  • In Person: Received 11 days before Election Day.
  • By Mail: Received 11 days before Election Day
  • Online: N/A

Ballot deadlines

  • Voted ballots are due: Postmarked by 7pm on Election Day and received by 5pm the day after Election Day (except for ballots cast from an address outside the US, which must be postmarked by 7pm on Election Day and received no later than 5 days after Election Day).

Texas absentee ballot rules

You may vote by absentee ballot in Texas if:

  • You are 65 years or older.
  • You have a disability.
  • You will be out of the county on Election Day and during the period for early voting by personal appearance.
  • 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.

Tracking your ballot

You can track your ballot directly with your state.

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.