Early Voting by Mail

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Application for Ballot by Mail (English)

Solicitud de Boleta Postal (Español)

If you are unable to find an answer to your question on this page, please call 512-581-7160 or email elections@co.bastrop.tx.us

All Annual Ballot by Mail Applications EXPIRE each year on December 31st. Please reapply after January 1st to continue to receive mail-in ballots.

AM I QUALIFIED TO VOTE BY MAIL?
Images shows representations of Eligibility Requirments, 65 years old or older, sick or disabled, expected to give birth, out of country, in jail but otherwise eligible.

Voting by mail in Texas is limited to voters who are:

  • 65 years of age or older on Election Day;
  • Sick or disabled (as defined in Texas Election Code 82.002(a)) “I affirm that I have a sickness or physical condition that prevents me from appearing at the polling place on election day without a likelihood of needing personal assistance or of injuring my health.”;
  • Expected to give birth within three weeks before or after Election Day;
  • Absent from the county of registration during the Early Voting period and on Election Day;
  • Civilly committed under Chapter 841 of the Texas Health and Safety Code; or
  • Confined in jail, but otherwise eligible.

*Voters who are absent from the county because they are active duty military or because they reside overseas should complete a Federal Post Card Application.  More information here.

I AM QUALIFIED! WHAT NEXT?
To vote by mail, you must first apply for a ballot.  The Bastrop County Elections Department does not send out applications or ballots without a specific request from the voter. We must receive your completed application no later than the close of business 11 days before election day.  If the 11th day falls on a weekend or a legal state or national holiday, the deadline is the preceding business day.  Applications must be received, not postmarked, by the deadline.  You may submit an Application for Ballot by Mail to the Elections Department at any time during a calendar year (January 1st – December 31st) for any election held in that year, but no later than 11 days prior to any election for which you wish to receive a mail ballot. Visit our Upcoming Elections page for information about specific upcoming elections.

f you are voting by mail because you are disabled or are 65 years of age or older, you may use a single application to request ballots by mail for all county elections in the calendar year. You will see this option under Section 4 of the ABBM, “Send me a Ballot for the Following Elections:” in which you can select each election for which you wish to receive a ballot by mail. While you can submit this “annual” application anytime during the calendar year, it must be received at least 11 days before the first election in which you seek to request a ballot by mail.

Images shows representations of abbm form section 4, If you are voting by mail because you are disabled or are 65 years of age or older, or send me a ballot for the following elections in which you can select each election to recieve a ballot by mail

NEW State Law: Your application must include your Texas Driver’s License, Texas Personal Identification Number or Election Identification Certificate Number issued by the Department of Public Safety OR the last 4 digits of your Social Security Number and the number that you use must be associated with your voter registration record. We recommend that you write in both numbers. If you have not been issued a Texas Driver’s License, Texas Personal Identification Number or Texas Election Identification Certificate Number or a Social Security Number, you must indicate so by checking the appropriate box on the ABBM.

Images shows representations of abbm form section 1, Texas Drivers Licence, Texas Personal Indentification number, election identification number issued by DPS, last 4 digits of social security number.

Your ID number(s) will also need to be in the space provided on the carrier envelope (the return envelope included with your mail ballot). When the envelope is sealed they will be hidden by the flap.

Please carefully review the Application for Ballot by Mail, including the additional instructions on the back of the form, so that unnecessary delays are avoided.

If you wish to vote in a primary election, you must select a party so we can mail you the correct ballot. Your selection will not affect any election other than the primary or primary runoff of this calendar year.

WILL YOU LET ME KNOW THAT YOU HAVE RECEIVED MY APPLICATION?
Due to the high volume of applications we process, we are not able to send a personal response upon receipt. If your application is incomplete, we will send you a notice along with a new application. Some errors may be correctable online.

SUBMITTING AN APPLICATION
Mail your application for a ballot to:

Bastrop County Elections
804 Pecan St.
Bastrop, Texas 78602

Hand Deliver your application to:
Must be submitted by the voter.

Bastrop County Elections
804 Pecan St.
Bastrop, Texas 78602

Fax your application for a ballot to:

Fax: (512) 581-4260

E-mail your application for a ballot to:

E-mail: elections@co.bastrop.tx.us

***If a voter submits an ABBM via fax or e-mail, the early voting clerk must receive the original application via mail within 4 business days of the submission of the fax or e-mail. ***

You do not have to use a formal application, you can write your own application for a ballot by mail, as long as it contains:

  • Your signature, or a witness’s 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 the election for which you are requesting a ballot, or a statement that you would like ballots for all county elections remaining in the calendar year, if you are eligible (for a primary election, you must state the political party’s primary in which you want to vote); and
  • 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 state the out-of-county address where you want your ballot mailed.

 

WHEN WILL I RECEIVE MY BALLOT?
Ballots are mailed within seven calendar days after the application is received, or the date the ballots become available for mailing, whichever is later. Please be aware that mailing times have lengthened significantly in recent years. The sooner you submit your application (after January 1st) the sooner we can mail your ballot once they become available.

COMPLETING AND MAILING YOUR CARRIER ENVELOPE

Once you receive your mail-in ballot, carefully review each choice in each race or proposition to be voted on, and mark your choices in accordance with the instructions on the ballot envelope.

After your mark your ballot, place your voted ballot in the envelope marked “BALLOT ENVELOPE” and seal the ballot envelope.

Next, place the ballot envelope in the carrier envelope (PDF). BEFORE SEALING THE CARRIER ENVELOPE, YOU MUST INCLUDE IN THE SPACE PROVIDED (PDF):

  1. The number of your driver license, election identification certificate, or personal identification card issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS);
  2. The last four digits of your social security number, if you have not been issued any of the abovementioned numbers by DPS; OR

A statement that you have not been issued a number described by (1) or (2) above.Images shows representations of carrier envelope, before sealing you must include, Texas Driver Licence Number, Election Identification Card, last 4 digits of Social security number,

WHEN SHOULD I MAIL MY BALLOT BACK?
You can mail it back as soon as you’ve finished voting. Don’t forget to write your ID number(s) in the space provided and sign the carrier envelope over the sealed flap!

Marked ballots must be received by 5PM the day after Election Day as long as it is postmarked on or before Election Day. Marked ballots must be mailed to our office via the United States Postal Service or contract carrier (FedEx, DHL, UPS, etc.).

Voters who are returning their ballots from outside of the United States must have their ballots postmarked at or before 7PM on Election Day, and the ballot must be received in our office no later than five days after the election (if the 5th day falls on a Sunday or legal state or national holiday, the ballot must be received by the next business day).

CAN I DROP OFF MY BALLOT SOMEWHERE?
Per state law, a voter may hand-deliver his or her OWN ballot to our main office (804 Pecan St., Bastrop) ONLY on Election Day WITH a photo ID. We do not have a drop box.

WHAT IF I CHANGE MY MIND AND WANT TO VOTE IN PERSON?
You can surrender your mailed ballot to the polling site and then you will be given an in-person ballot.

WHAT HAPPENS IF THERE IS A PROBLEM WITH MY MAIL BALLOT?
The new carrier envelope has an optional spot for contact information which we strongly recommend you complete. If there’s a problem with the information you provided (or didn’t provide) on your Carrier envel ope, you’ll be notified by phone, email or letter. Some issues you may be able to correct online, others will require your presence in our office.

If you received a notice that your ABBM (PDF) or Carrier Envelope (PDF) was rejected because you did not provide an identification number you provided did not match one of the numbers associated with your voter registration record, you may correct the defect online through the Texas Secretary of State’s Ballot by Mail Tracker.

When you log in to the Ballot by Mail Tracker, you will be prompted to enter your personal identification number(s). Once your personal identification number is validated by the Mail Ballot Tracker, the ABBM or Carrier Envelope you previously submitted will be processed.

To utilize the Ballot by Mail Tracker, you must enter:

  • Your Texas Driver’s License Number or Texas Personal Identification Number, AND
  • The last four digits of your social security number; AND
  • Your residence address as listed in your voter registration record

To confirm your information as listed on your voter registration record be sure to visit the ‘Am I Registered?’ tool on the Texas Secretary of State’s My Voter Portal.