Voters may begin to submit Annual Ballot by Mail (ABBM) on or after January 1 of the calendar year in which the voter wishes to receive ballots. [§ 86.0015]
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No. Senate Bill 1 makes it illegal for County Elections Administrators to send mail ballot applications, including to already eligible voters 65 and older. The voter must reach out and specifically request an application to vote by mail.
The application is available to download as a fillable form:
Alternatively, it can be downloaded, completed by hand, and mailed to:
Early Voting Clerk1103 S. Frio, Suite 200San Antonio, Texas 78207-6328
Please complete and return your application no later than 11 days prior to the election for which the ballot is being requested.
Any ABBM sent to the Elections Department is required to have an original hand signature to be kept on file. Electronic signatures CAN NOT be accepted. Additionally, the Federal Postcard Application (FPCA) is applicable for military and overseas voters. These voters will not use the ABBM forms. The FPCA can be found on FVAP.gov.
The Annual ABBM is valid from the time the early voting clerk receives it until the end of the calendar year or until the voter submits a change in registration information. Thus, the Annual ABBM expires on December 31 of the current year, regardless of when the voter submitted the application to the early voting clerk. [§ 86.0015(b)]
Yes. The voter will receive a ballot as long as they qualify for the proceeding election.