Ballot by Mail

Note: Annual Applications for Ballot By Mail must be resubmitted every calendar year beginning January 1st. (TEC Sec 86.0015 (2)(A))

Requirements

You may vote early by-mail if you are registered to vote and meet one of the following criteria:

+ 65 years of age or older on Election Day
+ Sick or disabled
+ Expected to give birth within three weeks before or after Election Day
+ Away from the county of residence on Election Day and during the early voting period
+ Confined in jail, but eligible to vote

Download an Application for Ballot By Mail

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Annual Application for Ballot By Mail

Applicants who are 65 years of age or older or are disabled qualify to apply for 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 1) and not later than the 11th day before Election Day.

Regular Application for Ballot By Mail

Applicants who do not qualify to submit an "Annual" ballot-by-mail application may submit an application for a single election starting the first day of the calendar year (January 1) and not later than the 11th day before Election Day. If the 11th day is a weekend or holiday, the deadline is the first preceding business day.

Send Your Application By:

Regular mail:
Travis County Clerk - Elections Division
P.O. Box 149325
Austin, TX 78714-9325

Contract Carrier (FedEx, UPS, USPS Express or Priority Mail, etc.):
Travis County Election Division
5501 Airport Blvd, Suite #100
Austin, TX 78751-1410

Note: If you submit an Application for a Ballot by Mail by fax or email, it must also be submitted by mail and received in our office within four business days of your electronic submission.

Email: [email protected]
Fax: (512) 854-3969

We can accept an application in person directly from the individual voter only before early voting begins. You may hand deliver your application to:

Travis County Election Division
5501 Airport Blvd, Suite #100
Austin, TX 78751-1410

Returning Your Ballot By Mail

A completed mail ballot MUST be returned to the Travis County Elections Office in the Official Carrier Envelope provided to you. It may be returned in any of the following manners:

1. Regular residential mail via United States Postal Service

a. Ballot must be postmarked by 7:00 pm on Election Day and must be received by 5:00 p.m. on the first mail delivery day after Election Day

2. In-person drop off at Travis County Elections Building (5501 Airport Blvd, Austin, Texas 78751) on Election Day only from 7:00 am – 7:00 pm

a. You must present an acceptable form of photo identification

b. If a voter does not possess and cannot reasonably obtain an acceptable form of photo identification, the voter may show a List B identification and complete a Reasonable Impediment Declaration (RID)

c. Only the voter may deliver their ballot in person

3. Common or contract carrier (such as personal courier, or FedEx or UPS, or other contracted mail service)

a. Ballot must be received by 7:00 pm on Election Day

b. If the carrier provides receipt mark indicating a time before 7:00 pm on Election Day, it may be received by 5:00 pm on the first mail delivery day after Election Day.

Important Notes

A voted ballot postmarked by Election Day must be received by the early voting clerk no later than 5:00 pm on the next business day after Election Day. If there is no postmark, early voting clerk must receive these ballots by 7:00 pm on Election Day. Ballots from civilians abroad must be received by the early voting clerk no later than the 5th day after Election Day. Ballots from Military voters must be received by the early voting clerk no later than the 6th day after Election Day.

On ELECTION DAY mail voters may deliver their mail ballot from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm to the early voting clerk’s main office (5501 Airport Blvd, Austin, TX 78751). Mail voters who choose the in-person delivery option will be required to provide an acceptable form of identification (TEC 63.0101).

Military & Overseas Voters

Travis County registered voters who are temporarily out of the country and wish to vote, may complete the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA). This type of application is limited to:

• A member of the U.S. Armed Forces, their spouse or a dependent
• A member of the U.S. Merchant Marines, their spouse or a dependent
• A U.S. citizen domiciled in Travis County Texas but temporarily living outside the territorial limits of the United States

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the FPCA online submission; please email the County Clerk's Office at [email protected]

About FPCA

Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) applications pre-qualify U.S. citizens who are temporarily outside of the country to automatically receive ballots for all elections in which they qualify to vote.

The FPCA is valid for one calendar year (last day of December), when completed properly. The FPCA must be resubmitted every time a voter changes mailing address.

To participate in an election taking place within a calendar year, an FPCA may be mailed starting on January 1 of that year.

For additional information visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program’s website at www.fvap.gov.

Voters with Disabilities

The Travis County Clerk's Office is committed to creating a "safe haven" for voters so that they can exercise their right to vote in a polling place with a non-intimidating, supportive environment. We believe in making all polling places fully accessible and we're seeking input from the community to ensure that accessibility. We believe that all voters have the right to cast their ballot independently and privately. To meet these goals, Travis County's efforts include:

• Offering ES&S ExpressVote voting equipment and a system of electronic voting that meets disability standards as prescribed by the Texas Secretary of State and Federal Help America Vote Act (HAVA) requirements
• Working to ensure that 100 percent of all polling locations are accessible in accordance with standards set forth by the United States Department of Justice
• Providing education and training to election workers on methods to best assist voters with disabilities
• Providing voter outreach through demonstrations and educational materials

In Texas, voters who are 65 years of age or older or are disabled may submit an annual ballot by mail application to the early voting clerk starting on the first day of a calendar year. Temporarily disabled voters may submit a ballot by mail application for a specific election at any time in the year of the election for which a ballot is requested, but not later than 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. Eligible applicants will receive a ballot in the mail and must return it to the early voting clerk. The voted ballot must be delivered to the County Clerk’s Office via mail, or common or contract courier by 7:00 pm on Election Day.

Voters who are physically unable to enter the polling location without assistance or likelihood of injury to the voter’s health may ask the presiding election official to allow them to vote outside the polling location. The election officer will deliver a ballot to the voter at the polling place entrance or curb.  (TEC Sec. 64.009)

Voters who are planning to vote curbside are encouraged to contact us upon their arrival at the polling location. Call (512) 238-VOTE (8683) or (512) 854-4996.

Please note that curbside is a slow process that takes time. It is not drive-thru voting and it is recommended anyone utilizing curbside voting gives themselves plenty of time to complete the process.

The Travis County Elections Division is dedicated to making all polling places fully accessible (including the pathway to the polling place) and seeking input from the community to ensure that accessibility. Polling places are inspected to ensure compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act Checklist for Polling Places, and election workers are trained to offer support to persons with special needs.

Travis County's voting system meets the disability standards as prescribed by the Texas Secretary of State and Federal Help America Vote Act. These features allow voters to cast their votes privately, securely, and without assistance.

• The paper-based ExpressVote Universal Voting System uses touch-screen technology in a Ballot Marking Device (BMD) that produces a paper record for tabulation. As a BMD, the ExpressVote handles the entire marking process, eliminating marginal marks and the need for interpretation of the voter's mark.
• Voters who are visually impaired or blind may choose to use headphones to hear the ballot read aloud. The audio is recorded in both English and Spanish.
• Voters with limited dexterity or limited upper body mobility may vote by using the tactile input switches on the equipment. Sip-and-puff accessibility is also available.
• Our customized voting tables make all the voting machines wheelchair accessible.
• Voters with disabilities may request the option of "curbside voting." In this case, a poll worker brings a voting unit to the voter's vehicle.

You are entitled to receive assistance if you cannot read or write or if you have a physical disability that prevents you from reading or marking the ballot. You may be assisted by a person of your choice who is not your union representative or employer. Under certain circumstances, election workers are also available upon request to assist you.

Pursuant to Section 63.0013, Election Code: An election officer may give voting order priority to individuals with a mobility problem that substantially impairs the person's ability to move around.

If you cannot speak English, or if you communicate only with sign language, you may use an interpreter to help you communicate with election officials at the polling place. You may select anyone to be your interpreter. If you cannot read the languages on the ballot, your interpreter may also assist you by translating the language on the ballot for you in the voting booth. If you have a hearing impairment and do not have a sign language interpreter who can accompany you to communicate with the poll worker or read the ballot for you, please use RelayTexas (dial 7-1-1) in order to contact us at (512) 238-VOTE (8683) or (512) 854-4996.

Voters with a disability may apply for a permanent exemption. The application must contain written documentation either from the U.S. Social Security Administration evidencing he or she has been determined to have a disability, or from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs evidencing a disability rating of at least 50 percent. Exemption applications in English and Spanish are available at TravisCountyTax.org.

If you have questions or want to provide feedback about accessibility issues, please contact our office by email or by (512) 238-VOTE (8683) or (512) 854-4996.
Additional information on voting accessibility can be found on the United States Election Assistance Commission or Texas Secretary of State’s websites.

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