What Are Some Rules for Early Voting in Texas?


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Early voting in Texas is available either in person or by mail, as of 2015. While an individual needs to meet certain requirements to vote by mail, any legal voter in the state can choose to vote early in person to make the process more convenient.

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Early voting in person begins the 17th day before Election Day and ends the fourth day before, as of 2015. In the event the 17th day falls during the weekend, early voting begins the following Monday. Early voting for elections in May begin the 12th day before Election Day and end as usual. Early voting takes place at any convenient location within the voter's political subdivision. Normal voting rules and procedures still apply, including eligibility requirements.

To be able to vote by mail in Texas, the voter must be 65 years of age or older on Election Day, be sick or disabled, outside of the county both during Election Day and during the in-person early voting period or incarcerated but otherwise eligible to vote. Applications for a mailed ballot are available from the secretary of state's office, the county's early voting clerk or as a PDF document on VoteTexas.gov. Applications for ballots by mail are accepted beginning 60 days prior to Election Day and continue to be accepted until nine days prior to it. Voters need to address the applications to the early voting clerk, and they are responsible for postage.

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