Early Voting by Mail

**Reminder Annual Ballot by Mail Applications are only good for one calendar year**

***NEW LAW: If a voter submits an Application for a Ballot by Mail 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. ***

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 on Election Day

• out of the county on Election Day and during early voting (must provide out of county address)

• sick or disabled

• confined in jail, but eligible to vote.

If 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. To do so, simply mark “Annual Application” on your application for a ballot by mail when selecting the election for which you are applying.

Please note that only voters who are disabled or 65 years of age or older qualify for an annual application, all other voters must submit an application for each election.

HOW DO I GET A BALLOT?

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 application 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 application must be received on the preceding business day.  Applications must be received, not postmarked, by the deadline.

Visit our Upcoming Elections page for information about specific upcoming elections.

Mail your application for a ballot to:

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. ***

***We can accept an application in person directly from the individual voter only before early voting begins.***

WHERE DO I GET AN APPLICATION?

You may download the form; Application for Ballot by Mail, here.

Military and overseas citizens should use the Federal Postcard Application (FPCA).

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.
HOW SOON MUST I RETURN THE BALLOT?

We must receive your marked ballot by 7 p.m. on Election Day or by the 5th day after Election Day is your ballot is submitted from outside the United States!

Please note that pursuant to House Bills 1151 and 929 (2017), different deadlines apply to the last day to    receive ballots sent by the following: 1) non-military and military voters who mailed ballots from overseas and submitted a regular state Application for Ballot By Mail (“ABBM”), 2) non-military voters who mailed ballots from overseas and who submitted a Federal Postcard Application (“FPCA”), and (3) military voters who mailed ballots domestically or from overseas and who submitted an FPCA. See Secs. 86.007, 101.001 and 101.057 of the Code. Please contact the Elections Division of the Office of the Texas Secretary of State at 1-800-252-VOTE (8683) for additional information.

HOW DO I GET MORE INFORMATION?

For more information on ballot by mail and FPCAs, contact our office.

Already requested a ballot by mail?  Check the status.