Ballot by Mail
Ballot By Mail
Who can vote by mail?
You are eligible to vote early by mail if you are a registered voter who is:
- 65 years of age or older
- Out of the county during the entire election period
- Sick or disabled
- Confined in jail, but eligible to vote
How do I get a ballot?
To vote by mail, you must first apply for a ballot. The Travis County Clerk’s office does not send out applications or ballots without a specific request from the voter.
We must receive your application no earlier than January 1st of the year in which the election is held and no later than the close of business 11 days before election day. If the deadline falls on a weekend, the last day to submit an application is the preceding Friday. If the deadline falls on a state or federal holiday, the ballot application must be received on the preceding business day.
Mail your application for a ballot to:
Travis County Early Voting Clerk
PO Box 149325
Austin, TX 78714-9325
If you choose to use a contract carrier, applications can be delivered to:
5501 Airport Boulevard
Austin, TX 78751-1410
New Law: You may submit your application by email. The email address you may submit your application to is: firstname.lastname@example.org
You may fax your application to: (512) 854-3969. We can accept an application in person directly from the individual voter only before early voting begins.
Where do I get an application?
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Filling out the application
You do not have to use a formal application; however, an informal application must be in writing and include:
- Your signature (or a witness’ signature if you cannot sign);
- Your name and the address at which you are registered to vote;
- The address to which the ballot is to be mailed;
- The election date and for which election you are requesting a ballot (for a primary election, you must state the political party’s primary in which you wish to vote); and,
- A reason why you are eligible to vote early by mail (to be eligible to vote early due to a planned absence from the county, your application must state an address out-of-county to have your ballot mailed and the dates that you are out-of-county).
How soon must I return the ballot?
We must receive your marked ballot by 7:00 pm on election day! If you are mailing your ballot from outside the United States, we must receive your ballot by the fifth day after election day.
New Law: You may hand-deliver your own individual mailed ballot to the Travis County Elections Office, 5501 Airport Boulevard, only while the polls are open on election day from 7am to 7pm. You will be required to show one of the acceptable forms of ID.
How do I get more information?
For more information on ballot by mail and FPCAs, call us at (512) 238-VOTE (238-8683 a 24-hour automated voice-response system), fax us at (512) 854-3969, email us, or write us at: Elections Division, Travis County Clerk, PO Box 149325, Austin, TX 78714-9325
I have moved here from another Texas county, can I vote?
A registered voter who moves into Travis County from another Texas county may be eligible to vote a Limited Ballot. A voter must be currently registered in their former county OR have applied for voter registration in Travis County after the registration deadline for an upcoming election. A limited ballot voter is entitled to vote on all federal and statewide races. Limited Ballots are available ONLY during the Early Voting period for the upcoming election and are ONLY processed at the Travis County Elections offices located at 5501 Airport Blvd., Austin, Texas 78751.
If you believe you are qualified to vote a limited ballot, please call (512) 238-8683 to confirm your eligibility. You may visit the Texas Secretary of State’s website for more information about limited ballot voting in Texas. Limited Ballot Voters and District Chart (Chapters 111 and 112, Texas Election Code)
Limited Ballot is not available for all election, please call (512) 238-8683 to confirm your eligibility.
I have recently moved to another state, can I vote by mail?
Voting a Presidential Ballot by Mail. If a voter has moved out of Texas, the voter may be eligible to vote in the Presidential race only.
There are four conditions listed below that must be met to qualify for a Presidential Ballot.
The former resident:
- is domiciled in another state;
- was registered to vote in this state at the time the former resident ceased to be a resident;
- would be eligible for registration to vote in this state if a resident; AND
- on the Presidential Election Day will not have resided in the state of present domicile for more than 30 days and is not eligible to vote in the Presidential Election in their new state.
A voter who meets the requirements above may request a Presidential Ballot by mail.
Two forms must be completed and signed
Download the Application for a Presidential Ballot from the SOS Website
- Download the Application for a Ballot by Mail
Once completed, these may be sent via email to eBBM@traviscountytx.gov or mailed to:
Travis County Clerk
ATT: Ballot by Mail
PO Box 149325
Austin, TX 78714-9325