House Bill 666 amends the Election Code to establish that an application for a ballot to be voted by mail that is submitted to the county clerk indicating the ground of eligibility is age or disability and does not specify the election for which a ballot is requested is considered to be an application for a ballot for each election in which the county clerk serves as the early voting clerk, in which the applicant is eligible to vote, and that occurs before the earlier of two dates specified in the bill.
You are eligible to vote early by mail in Texas if you are a registered voter who is:
1. 65 years of age or older
2. Out of the county on Election Day and during the period of early voting by personal appearance (must provide out of county address)
3. Sick or disabled
4. Confined in jail, but eligible to vote
To vote by mail, you must first apply for a ballot. The early voting clerk does not mail applications or ballots without a specific request from the voter. Your application must be received not earlier than the 60th day and not later than the 9th day before Election Day. If the 9th day is a weekend or holiday, the deadline is the first preceding business day. For a Tuesday election, the deadline usually falls on the preceding Friday (11th 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:
1. Your name and address at which you are registered to vote in the County of El Paso
2. The address to which the ballot is to be mailed
3. The election date and the election name for which you are requesting a ballot (for a primary election, you must state the political party’s primary in which you want to vote)
4. 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
5. Your signature, or a witness’ signature if you cannot sign
Send your application or letter for a ballot by mail via:
1. Hard copy by regular mail
2. UPS or Federal Express
3. Fax (915) 546-2220 (if faxed make sure your application is legible)
To the early voting clerk at:
c/o Early Voting Clerk
500 E. San Antonio
Lower Level, Suite L115
El Paso, Texas 79901
After the early voting clerk receives your application or letter with all required information, you will be mailed a ballot.
When you are finished voting, follow the directions enclosed and mail your ballot in the envelope provided by mail or common or contract carrier. A ballot may not be returned to the early voting clerk by any other method. The early voting clerk must receive your voted ballot no later than 7 p.m. Election Day or by the 5th day after Election Day if your ballot is submitted from outside the United States. Please call (915) 546-2154 for assistance.