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How to Vote by Mail

Eligible, registered voters may vote by mail in Texas. To be eligible to vote early by mail in Texas, you must:

The last day to apply to vote by mail is Oct. 28 All Applications for Ballot By Mail must be received by the Bexar County Elections Department by 5:00 PM

Vote By Mail Instructions

1.) Print and Complete an Application

Please print and fill out the following application:

  • The process of voting and returning your mail ballot, make sure to follow the steps below:
    • Use BLACK or BLUE ink to mark your choices on the ballot;
    • Place voted ballot in the Ballot Envelope and seal it;
    • Place Ballot Envelope in the enclosed pre-addressed County Clerk carrier envelope;
    • Seal carrier envelope and sign where indicated exactly as you signed the ballot by mail request;
    • Place appropriate postage and return it;
2.) Return Your Completed Application

Before October 13, you can submit your application in person to the early voting clerk. After October 13, you must mail your completed application. You can also fax or e-mail your application for immediate delivery, but you must mail a physical copy as well. See detailed instructions on your application.

Mail your completed application to:

Bexar County Elections (Early Voting Clerk)
1103 S. Frio St., Suite 200
San Antonio, TX 78207-6328

Please complete and return your application no later than 11 days prior to the election for which a ballot is requested.

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

  • Regular residential mail via United States Postal Service;
    • Ballot must be postmarked by 7:00 p.m. on Election Day and must be received by 5:00 p.m. on November 4 (the day after Election Day)
  • In-person drop off at Bexar County Elections Department (1103 S. Frio, San Antonio, TX 78207)
    • During regular business hours,
    • During The Hours of Early Voting  
    • On Election Day (November 3, 2020) from 7 am – 7 pm.
    • You must present an acceptable form of photo identification
    • 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)
    • Only the voter may deliver their ballot in person
  • Common or contract carrier; such as personal courier, or FedEx or UPS, or other contracted mail service
    • Ballot must be received by 7:00 p.m. on Election Day
    • If the carrier provides receipt mark indicating a time before 7:00 p.m. on Election Day, it may be received by 5:00 p.m. on November 4 (the day after Election Day)
3.) Complete and Send in Your Ballot

Bexar County Elections will send you an absentee ballot in the mail. The Early Voting Clerk must receive your marked ballot by 7:00 PM on Election Day.

*PLEASE NOTE: 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 postmarked, 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

Are you Sick or Disabled?

  • All mail ballot requests are reviewed to ensure compliance with the Texas Election Code. A voter who requests a mail ballot on the grounds of disability will be accepted as eligible for a mail ballot. Our office has no legal authority to administratively require voters to substantiate their disability at the time the application is submitted.
  • A voter can take into consideration aspects of their health and their health history that are physical conditions in deciding whether, under the circumstances, to apply to vote by mail because of disability.
  • The voter does not have to declare the nature of the underlying disability. The elected officials [the Legislature] have placed in the hands of the voter the determination of whether in-person voting will cause a likelihood of injury to a physical condition.
  • State law defines a disability as a “sickness or physical condition that prevents the voter from appearing at the polling place on Election Day without a likelihood of needing personal assistance or of injuring the voter’s health.
  • Under Texas law, you qualify as having a disability if you are sick, pregnant, or if voting in person will create a likelihood of injury to your health. 
  • The Texas Supreme Court has ruled that lack of immunity to COVID-19 can be considered as a factor in your decision as to whether voting in person will create a likelihood of injury to your health, but it cannot be the only factor. You do not qualify to vote by mail as “disabled” if you have a fear of contracting COVID-19 but are otherwise healthy. To qualify, you must have an accompanying physical condition. If you do not qualify as “disabled,” you may still qualify in one of the other categories (1-3 above).