Voting by Mail in Texas
Table of Contents
Notes
The kit or packet you receive
The instructions
The letter from the Texas Secretary of State
The ballot (in brief)
The ballot envelope (secrecy envelope)
The carrier envelope
If you make a mistake

Notes

There are 254 counties in Texas. Counties are responsible for elections. The kit or packet you receive may look different.

Complete an Application for Ballot by Mail and send it to your county elections office.
Print (PDF) the ABBM form

County Voter Registration Officials
Listing of County web sites

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The kit or packet

You will receive an envelope like this.

Open the envelope carefully and remove the contents.


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The instructions

Locate the instructions (in English and Spanish). Read these before doing any thing else. These may look different in each county.

     

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The letter from the Texas Secretary of State

Letter from the Texas Secretary of State (in English and Spanish)

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The ballot (in brief)

Denton County uses trifold legal size cardstock white with black ink.

Read the entire ballot prior to making any marks. Vote the entire ballot. (You may leave races "blank".) Beginning in 2020 there is no straight party ballot choice in November General Elections.

On this ballot the number 69466 is the ballot serial number. Voters should consider recording this number prior to mailing the ballot to the elections office. Your ballot can be located in the event of a recount.


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The ballot envelope (secrecy envelope)

After voting place the ballot in the Ballot Envelope (secrecy envelope). One side is in English. One side is in Spanish. Read the instructions prior to sealing the Ballot Envelope.


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The carrier envelope (secrecy envelope)

  1. Place the sealed Ballot Envelope in the Carrier Envelope.
  2. Seal the envelope. Sign the envelope.
  3. The signature must go above and below the seal at some point during the signing.
  4. Failure to do this is cause to reject the ballot.
  5. The signature must be a reasonable match to the signature you supplied on the Application for Ballot by Mail (see image below). Failure to do this is cause to reject the ballot.
  6. Affix postage and mail to the elections office.


The image below is the box you signed when you completed the Application for Ballot by Mail.

If you make a mistake it is probably too late to get another ballot. Appear in person either during the early voting period in your county of residence or on election day at your assigned precinct polling location. Take the entire Ballot by Mail kit or packet with you.

Review the Cancellation Chart PDF from TX SOS: Cancellation of an Application to Vote by Mail for further information.

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