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Voting By Mail - Who Can and How!

Who can vote by mail? You are eligible to vote early by mail if you are a registered voter in Galveston County who is:

  • 65 years of age or older
  • Going to be out of the county during the entire election
  • sick or disabled, or
  • confined in jail, but eligible to vote
How do I get a ballot? To vote by mail, you must first ask for one (e.g., submit an application). We not send out applications or ballots without a specific request from the voter.

We must physically receive your application for a Ballot by Mail, no earlier than 60 days before Election Day and no later than close of business nine 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 must be received on the preceding business day.

In most cases, you must send your application for a ballot to us by regular mail or common/contract carrier. However, if you wish to vote by mail because of a planned absence, you may apply in person before the first day of early voting. If you are outside Galveston County, you may FAX your application to us at (409) 765-3249.

Where do I get an application? You may download an application from this Website. This file requires Adobe Acrobat Reader to view or print.
The reader can be downloaded free from Acrobat Reader

Military personnel and citizens residing overseas should use the Federal Postcard Application (FPCA). You are not required to use a formal application; however, a request for a Ballot by Mail must be in writing and include the following:

•  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);
• the reason or reasons 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,
•  your signature (or a witness’ signature if you cannot sign your name);

How soon must I return the ballot? We must physically receive your marked ballot by 7 p.m. on Election Day! If you are mailing your ballot from outside the United States, we must receive your ballot by our last mail delivery on the fifth day after Election Day.

How do I get more information? For more information on ballot by mail and FPCAs, call us at (409) 766-2200, or write us at: Elections Division, Galveston County Clerk, P. O. Box 17253, Galveston, TX 77552-7253.

Download an Application for a Ballot by Mail