Civilian Ballot by Mail
Informational Ballot by Mail Pamphlets
Ballot by Mail Guide-English Version
Guía de Boleta por Correo-Versión en Español
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
- Disability (Have a sickness or physical condition that prevents from appearing at the polling place during the Early Voting period or on Election Day without a likelihood of needing personal assistance or injury of his/her health)
- Expected to give birth within three weeks before or after Election Day
- Out of the county on Election Day and during the period of Early Voting by personal appearance (must provide out of county address)
- Confined in jail or involuntary civil commitment
How do I get a ballot?
To vote by mail, you must complete and submit an Application for a Ballot by Mail (ABBM) to the Early Voting Clerk. The Early Voting Clerk does not mail applications or ballots without a specific request from the voter.
An 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)
- 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
Where do I send my request?
- Hardcopy by regular mail/FedEx/UPS to: Early Voting Clerk, 500 E. San Antonio Ave., Suite #314, El Paso, Texas 79901
- Fax to 915-546-2220 (if faxed make sure your application is legible)
- E-mail to email@example.com
If you email or fax this form to the Early Voting Clerk, you must also send the original hardcopy to the Early Voting Clerk. If you are faxing or emailing this form on or near the deadline to apply for a Ballot by Mail, you must send the original hardcopy so that the clerk receives it no later than the fourth business day after the day the clerk received your email or fax. Original signatures are required on both the fax or email image and the physical hardcopy. Electronic or photocopies of signatures are not permitted. THE HARDCOPY OF THIS APPLICATION MUST BE RECEIVED BY THE EARLY VOTING CLERK AND MEET ALL LEGALLY REQUIRED DEADLINES.
The deadline to receive an ABBM emailed by a voter is the same as for any other method of submission of the ABBM. 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.
If you submit the ABBM by personal delivery, the application must be delivered to the Early Voting Clerk in person by the applicant before the 11th day before Election Day.
Where do I get an application?
Please select one of the following:
Application for a 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. Please see the FPCA-Military and Overseas page on our website.
Annual Application for Ballot by Mail
Applicants who are 65 years of age or older or are disabled qualify to apply for an annual Application for Ballot by Mail (ABBM). Choosing the “annual” option ensures these applicants will receive a mail ballot for all elections held during a calendar year. Annual applications may be submitted starting the first day of a calendar year (January 1st) and not later than the 11th day before Election Day.
How and when must I return my ballot?
Mail your ballot in the envelope provided by mail or common or contract carrier to:
Early Voting Clerk
500 E. San Antonio Ave., Suite #314
El Paso, Texas 79901
If you submitted an Application for a Ballot by Mail (ABBM) Sec. 86.007. DEADLINE FOR RETURNING MARKED BALLOT. (a) Except as provided by Subsection (d), a marked ballot voted by mail must arrive at the address on the carrier envelope: (1) before the time the polls are required to close on Election Day; or (2) not later than 5 p.m. on the day after Election Day, if the carrier envelope was placed for delivery by mail or common or contract carrier before Election Day and bears a cancellation mark of a common or contract carrier or a courier indicating a time not later than 7 p.m. at the location of the election on Election Day. (d-1) If the deadline for the arrival of a ballot voted by mail falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or legal state or national holiday, then the deadline is extended to the next regular business day.
In-Person Delivery of Carrier Envelope: A voter may hand-deliver his/her own mailed ballot to the Early Voting Clerk’s office during the hours the polls are open on Election Day. The individual must present one of the acceptable forms of voter identification described by the Texas Election Code 63.0101. An assistant or agent cannot deliver a ballot for a voter under this section. 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.
In the process of voting and returning your mail ballot, make sure to follow the steps below and read all the instructions:
- Use black or blue ink to mark your choices on the ballot
- Place your voted ballot in the White Ballot Envelope and seal it
- Place your White Ballot Envelope in the enclosed pre-addressed Purple Carrier Envelope
- Provide your identification number (Last four of your Social Security Number or your Texas Identification Number) underneath the flap. The provided number must match your identification number that is currently on file with your voter registration. If in doubt, complete both fields
- Seal your Purple Carrier Envelope and sign where indicated exactly as you signed on your ballot by mail request
- Place appropriate postage and return it before the deadline
Can I track my ballot by mail?
To track the status of your ballot by mail application or ballot, you can visit the Texas Secretary of State’s website. All fields marked with an (*) are statutorily required in order to proceed.
Texas Secretary of State: Ballot by Mail Tracker
Thank you for voting by mail! We still wanted to make sure you’re able to celebrate casting your vote, so we’ve created a digital “I Voted” sticker.
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