Civilian Ballot by Mail
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 calendar years 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.
Who can vote by mail?
You are eligible to vote early by mail in Texas if you are a registered voter who is:
- 65 years of age or older (Texas Election Code 82.003)
- Out of the county on Election Day and during the period of Early Voting by personal appearance (must provide out of county address) (Texas Election Code 82.001)
- Sick or disabled (Texas Election Code 82.002)
- Confined in jail, but eligible to vote (Texas Election Code 82.004)
How do I get a ballot?
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:
- Your name and address at which you are registered to vote in the County of El Paso.
- The address to which the ballot is to be mailed.
- The election date and the election name for which you are requesting a ballot (for a Primary Election, you must state the Political Party’s Primary Election in which you want to vote).
- A reason why you are eligible to vote early by mail. To be eligible to vote early because you expect to be out of the county, your application must include the out-of-county address where you want your ballot mailed.
- Your signature, or a witness’ signature if you cannot sign.
Send your application or letter for a ballot by mail via:
- Hard copy by regular mail, 500 E. San Antonio Ave., Suite 314, El Paso, Texas 79901
- UPS or Federal Express
- Fax to (915) 546-2220 (if faxed make sure your application is legible) (SB5, Sec.5(4))
- E-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org (SB5)
NEW LAW: Pursuant to Texas Election Code 84.007, an application for Ballot by Mail submitted via fax or email must also be submitted by mail and received at our office no later than the fourth business day after the request is sent via fax or email. IN PERSON: Only the applicant may submit their application in person before early voting starts.
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
Where do I get an application?
Please select one of the following:
Application for Ballot by Mail
Solicitud de Boleta Postal
(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.
Federal Postcard Application
When will I receive my ballot?
After the Early Voting Clerk receives your application or letter with all required information, you will be mailed a ballot.
How and when must I return my 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.
New law: House Bill 1151 (2017) amended Section 86.007 to provide that a marked ballot voted by mail that a voter received due to submitting an ABBM may arrive at the address on the carrier envelope not later than 5:00 p.m. on the day after Election Day, if the carrier envelope was placed for delivery by mail or common or contract carrier from within the United States and bears a cancellation mark of a postal service or a receipt mark of a common or contract carrier or a courier from not later than 7:00 p.m. at the location of the election on Election Day.
Note: This deadline does not apply to ballots sent by non-military voters who are overseas but applied for a ballot using an ABBM; these voters have until the 5th day after Election Day to return their ballots (or the next business day if the 5th day after Election Day to return their ballots (or the next business day if the 5th day falls on a weekend or legal state or federal holiday). This deadline also does not apply to ballots mailed (domestically or from overseas) by certain members of the military who applied for a ballot using an FPCA; those voters have until the 6th day after Election Day to return their ballots.
In-Person Delivery of Carrier Envelope
New: Texas Election Code 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, 500 E. San Antonio Ave., Suite 314, El Paso, Texas, 79901, 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 the Texas Election Code 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 under the new law, House Bill 1151 (2017).