If you didn’t meet Monday’s deadline to register to vote, you can skip this post.
On the other hand, if you have registered for the local, state and national elections on Tuesday, November 3, you might be considering the option of mailing in your ballot due to your being out of town or fearful of COVID-19.
Needless to say, there’s been confusion and concerns about mail-in voting, but the U.S. Postal Service has provided a checklist for those who want to avoid the big day’s in-person voting. Here are the suggestions:
- Start today. Give yourself and your election officials ample time to complete the process. Here is the link to request a ballot by county in Texas.
- Rules and date vary by state, so contact your election board to confirm. Find links at usps.com/votinginfo. Here is the election information link for the state of Texas.
- Request your mail-in ballot (often called “absentee” ballot) at least 15 days before Election Day. You can either order the application online here or print it yourself and mail it in.
- Once received, follow the instructions. Add postage to the return envelope if needed.
- We recommend you mail your ballot at least 7 days before Election Day.
Needless to say, the clock is ticking, so you might want to hustle. Once you’ve turned in your ballot, settle back and wait to learn the results.
On the other hand, if you’re worried about recent problems in mailing in ballots, have procrastinated or just want to vote the old-fashioned way, polling locations will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, November 3.