Make You Plans to Vote NOW!
Registration for Voting has now passed.
If you have not registered to vote, you will not be able to vote in this election. You can confirm
your voter registration status HERE
Application to Vote By Mail
If you are over 65, you will have automatically received an application to vote by mail. If you
requested an application to vote by mail, you may have received two applications.
If you have a pre-existing condition and feel that voting in person could put you at risk, you may
request to receive a ballot so that you can vote by mail. HIPAA law prevents them from asking
what your pre-existing condition is. Fear of contracting COVID-19 is not a sufficient reason for
requesting a ballot to vote by mail.
Deadline for applying to receive a ballot is October 23, 2020. Your request must actually be
received by that date, not postmarked!
- If you don’t fill out an application requesting a ballot, then you must plan to vote in
What do you do with the ballot that you receive by mail?
Here is information for Harris County:
Once you request to have a ballot mailed to you, you can track the status of your ballot at:
You can submit your ballot in several ways:
1. You can mail in your ballot with two stamps. Follow all of the directions that came with
your ballot, including use black or blue pen, seal and sign the ballot using the envelope
provided, place appropriate postage (more than one forever stamp!), and mailing your
ballot. Ballot must be postmarked by 7:00 p.m. on Election Day and received no later
than the day after.
2. You can drive your ballot to a drop off location. You must take your own ballot and you
must show a state or federal photo identification. While there were plans for multiple
drop off locations, this is now an issue that is in the courts.
Today, the rule is that you can drop off your ballot at NRG Arena – Hall D during regular
business hours. During the early voting period, the hours are Mondays through Saturday
from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 7 p.m. On Election Day, the hours are 7
a.m. to 7 p.m.
3. If you choose to vote in person during Early Voting or on Election Day, take your ballot
- You will be required to fill out a special form, have photo identification, and it will take time and a separate line for you to vote.
- If you don’t bring your ballot with you, you’ll go through a similar separate process, but you’ll only be able to cast a provisional vote. This is so that they can confirm that you have not already mailed in your ballot. Mailed ballots will take precedence over in person voting if you have received and mailed your ballot. Obviously, you will be prevented from casting two ballots.
On a webinar with NCJW Houston, Harris County Clerk Chris Hollins strongly suggested that if you requested a ballot, you use the ballot and mail it in or drop it off rather than bringing it to in
person voting location.
For more information on Voting by mail, visit Harrisvotes.com
Voting in Person
- You can vote during the Early Voting period from October 13 to October 30.
- You can vote on Election Day November 3.
For a list of poll locations go to HarrisVotes.com. Not only can you find a location close to you
and see hours, but you can know and compare wait times between locations near you. You can
vote at any location in the county and are no longer restricted to an assigned voting location near
closest to your home.
New this year, there are 10 “Drive-thru” locations, at which you can stay in your car, show your
identification (for you and your passengers) and be able to vote safely from your car using
sanitized voting devices. For a list of those locations and hours, go to HarrisVotes.com and click
on voting locations and then use the drop down to select the “polling location type.”