Published on: Tuesday, February 7, 2017
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House Bill 666 amends the Texas Election Code to establish that an Application for a Ballot by Mail (ABBM) that is submitted to the Early Voting Clerk and does not specify an election for which the ballot is requested, is considered to be an application for a ballot for each election in which the applicant is eligible to vote. This bill only applies to ballot by mail applications that indicate ground of eligibility to be age or disability.
You are eligible to vote early by mail in Texas if you are a registered voter who is:
To vote by mail, you must first apply for a ballot. The Early Voting Clerk does not mail applications or ballots without a specific request from the voter.
Now any Application for a Ballot by Mail (ABBM) (single-use or annual) may be submitted at any time in the calendar year for an election held in that year.
The deadline to submit an ABBM is: Before the close of regular business in the Early Voting Clerk’s office, or 12 noon, whichever is later, on the 11th day before Election Day, unless that day is a Saturday, Sunday, or legal state or national holiday, in which case the last day is the first preceding regular business day. Applications must be received (not postmarked) by last day of the application period no later than 5:00 p.m.
If you submit a letter for a ballot by mail to be sent to you the letter must include:
Send your application or letter for a ballot by mail via:
New Law: HB 1927 allows a voter the option of submitting the ABBM by email. The voter must submit a completed, signed, scanned ABBM via e-mail to the Early Voting Clerk at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The date of submission of the scanned and emailed ABBM is determined by the date and time the e-mail was sent by the applicant.
The deadline to receive an ABBM emailed by a voter is the same as for any other method of submission of the ABBM, which was also amended by HB 1927. The deadline to submit an ABBM is: Before the close of regular business in the Early Voting Clerk’s office, or 12 noon, whichever is later, on the 11th day before Election Day, unless that day is a Saturday, Sunday, or legal state or national holiday, in which case the last day is the first preceding regular business day.
To the Early Voting Clerk at:
Early Voting Clerk
500 E. San Antonio Ave., Suite #314
El Paso, Texas 79901
Please select one of the following:
(Note: Application for Ballot by Mail requires Adobe Acrobat Reader to view or print).
If you are in the military stationed outside of El Paso, Texas or a civilian overseas you must complete a Federal Postcard Application.
After the Early Voting Clerk receives your application or letter with all required information, you will be mailed a ballot.
When you are finished voting, follow the directions enclosed and mail your ballot in the envelope provided by mail or common or contract carrier.
In-Person Delivery of Carrier Envelope
New Section 86.006(a-1) provides that a voter may hand-deliver his or her own by-mail ballot to the Early Voting Clerk’s office during the hours the polls are open on Election Day. An assistant or agent may not deliver a ballot for a voter under this section; only the voter himself or herself may complete the hand-delivery. Also note that the ballot must be delivered to the Early Voting Clerk’s office and cannot be submitted to the Presiding Judge at an Election Day polling place to be counted.
The individual must present one of the acceptable forms of voter identification described by Section 63.0101. Note that if the voter does not have one of the acceptable forms of identification, he or she cannot take advantage of the in-person delivery, but rather should be informed of the option to proceed to the appropriate Election Day polling place, surrender the by-mail ballot (which will be cancelled), and vote a provisional ballot (due to lack of identification). Alternatively, the voter could have the by-mail ballot delivered by a common or contract carrier to the Early Voting Clerk by 7:00 p.m. on Election Day.
The Early Voting Clerk must receive your voted ballot no later than 7 p.m. Election Day or by the 5th day after Election Day if your ballot is submitted from outside the United States. Please call (915)546-2154 for assistance.
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