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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

You may also submit an application by email or fax:

Email: [email protected] Fax: (512) 854-3969

NEW LAW: If you submit an Application for a Ballot by Mail by fax or email, it must also be submitted by mail and received in our office within four business days of your electronic submission.

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

Where do I get an application?

PDF Download the Application for a Ballot by Mail
PDF Descargar la aplicación para una boleta por correo

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

NOTE: These files require Adobe Acrobat Reader to view or print. The reader can be downloaded free from Adobe . (If you do not want to install McAfee, be sure to uncheck the box before you install Acrobat Reader)

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?

From within the U.S.: Postmarked by Election Day and received by the next business day after Election Day.

From outside the U.S.: Postmarked by Election Day and received by the fifth day after Election Day. If the fifth day falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or legal state or national holiday, the deadline moves to the next business 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.

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