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Early &
Mail-in Voting
in Texas

Warning: Mail-in voting is a convenient and safe way to vote, but your ballot might not count if it's submitted late or with errors. So follow the directions below on how to vote early or absentee and make your vote count in Texas.

Note - this information below may change for your state due to ongoing litigation and legislation. This page will be updated within 24 hours of any change.

Vote Before Election Day

Vote Early In Person
04/16/2021
Early Voting Begins
04/27/2021
Early Voting Ends

Vote By Mail Deadlines

10/23/2020
Deadline to Request Ballot (Received by)
11/03/2020
Deadline to Return Ballot (Postmarked By)

In-Person Early Voting

You can vote early in your state before Election Day. Early voting begins on 04/16/2021 and ends on 04/27/2021

To find early voting locations in Texas, visit the the My Voter Page.

How Vote By Mail Works in Texas

Voting by mail is a two step process in Texas. Step 1: Request your ballot NOW. The deadline for your application to be received is Oct. 23rd. Step 2: Complete and return your ballot ASAP.

  • Return in person to your county election office or other location designated in your county by 7 p.m. on Nov. 3rd. You must have a valid photo ID when returning your ballot in person.
  • Or stamp and mail your ballot - ballots must be postmarked by Nov. 3rd and received by Nov. 4th to be counted. To make your postmark date, put the ballot into your home mailbox for collection at least one day prior to ensure it is picked up and processed. You can also drop the ballot off at the post office before the last posted collection time on Nov. 3rd. We recommend returning ASAP as a one day turnaround is not realistic for the post office. 

Request Your Ballot See Your Ballot Look Up Ballot Drop Off Locations

Excuse Needed to Vote Absentee

You need an excuse to request an absentee ballot. Excuses could include being sick or out of town, but it’s best to check with your state directly to see what counts as an excuse.

Remember to Sign Your Return Ballot

After you complete your ballot, be sure to sign the ballot carrier envelope.  Be sure that your signature matches your signature on file with the state! If you registered online or at the DMV, check the signature on your license. If the signature does not match, your ballot could be tossed and will not count.

Use The Right Form of ID

You must have a valid photo ID to vote in person or return your absentee ballot in person. Info here on what qualifies.

How You Can Return Your Mail-in Ballot

By Mail

You must add a stamp when mailing in your ballot.

In Person

  • Local elections office
Look Up Ballot Drop Off Locations

Make Sure Your Mail-in Vote Counts

Click here to track your ballot. Your state offers electronic, barcode ballot tracking services to military and overseas voters. Your state does not offer voters a chance to address challenges to their ballot. Your ballot will not count if it is late, or you do not follow directions.

Haven't used your ballot?

If you have an absentee ballot that you are not going to use, or you miss the deadline to return, you may go to your polling place and vote in person. You may be asked to use a provisional ballot. This is better than not voting, but may not be counted.

Election Protection Hotline

The national, nonpartisan Election Protection coalition was formed to ensure that all voters have an equal opportunity to participate in the political process. Made up of more than 100 local, state and national partners, Election Protection works year-round to advance and defend the right to vote.

Call 866-OUR-VOTE if you need assistance.

More about voting in Texas

Find your polling place, ID laws, and more about voting for the first time below.


Voting Info for Texas First Time Voter Info