Voting Information Election Day

Election Day polls are open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
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Voting Information Voting by Mail

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Mail Ballot Tracking

Applications must be delivered to our 4th floor office at 1001 Preston Street in Houston.
You may not drop off applications in person for anyone else, even if they are a spouse or family member.

Application for Ballot By Mail

Returning a voted ballot

In the process of voting and returning your mail ballot, make sure to follow the steps below:

  1. Read all the instructions;
  2. Use BLACK or BLUE ink to mark your choices on the ballot;
  3. Place voted ballot in the Ballot Envelope and seal it;
  4. Place Ballot Envelope in the enclosed pre-addressed carrier envelope;
  5. Provide your identification number underneath the flap.
  6. Seal carrier envelope and sign where indicated exactly as you signed the ballot by mail request;
  7. Place appropriate postage and return it;

Returning Your Ballot

A completed mail ballot MUST be returned to the Harris County Election Administrator’s Office in the Official Carrier Envelope provided to you. It may be returned in any of the following manners:

  1. Regular residential mail via United States Postal Service;
    1. Ballots must be postmarked by 7:00 p.m. on Election day and received by 5:00 p.m. on the first business day after Election Day.
  2. In-person drop off at Harris County Election Harris County Administration Building (1001 Preston, Houston, Texas 77002) on Election Day only from 7 am – 7 pm
    1. You must present an acceptable form of photo identification
    2. If a voter does not possess and cannot reasonably obtain an acceptable form of photo identification, the voter may show a List B identification and complete a Reasonable Impediment Declaration (RID)
    3. Only the voter may deliver their ballot in person
  3. Common or contract carrier; such as personal courier, or FedEx or UPS, or other contracted mail service
    1. Ballot must be received by 7:00 p.m. on Election Day
    2. If the carrier provides receipt mark indicating a time before 7:00 p.m. on Election Day, it may be received by 5:00 p.m. on the first business day after Election Day.

Important Notes:

  • A voted ballot postmarked by Election Day must be received by the early voting clerk no later than 5:00 pm on the next business day after Election Day. If there is no postmark, early voting clerk must receive these ballots by 7:00 pm on Election Day. Ballots from civilians abroad must be received by the early voting clerk no later than the 5th day after Election Day. Ballots from Military voters must be received by the early voting clerk no later than the 6th day after Election Day.

For more information:

  • Call Us
  • (713) 755-6965

Voting Information Military & Overseas Voters

Harris County registered voters who are temporarily out of the country and wish to vote, may complete the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA). This type of application is limited to:

  • A member of the U.S. Armed Forces, their spouse or a dependent;
  • A member of the U.S. Merchant Marines, their spouse or a dependent;
  • A U.S. citizen domiciled in Harris County Texas but temporarily living outside the territorial limits of the United States.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the FPCA online submission; please email the Elections Administrator's Office at

About FPCA

Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) applications pre-qualify U.S. citizens who are temporarily outside of the country to automatically receive ballots for all elections in which they qualify to vote.

The FPCA is valid for one calendar year (last day of December), when completed properly. The FPCA must be resubmitted every time a voter changes mailing address.

To participate in an election taking place within a calendar year, an FPCA may be mailed starting on January 1 of that year.

For additional information visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program’s website at

Voting Information Voters With Disabilities

In Texas, voters who are 65 years of age or older or are disabled may submit an annual ballot by mail application to the early voting clerk starting on the first day of a calendar year. Temporarily disabled voters may submit a ballot by mail application for a specific election at any time in the year of the election for which a ballot is requested, but not later than the close of regular business in the early voting clerk's office or 12 noon, whichever is later, on the 11th day before election day unless that day is a Saturday, Sunday, or legal state or national holiday, in which case the last day is the first preceding regular business day. Eligible applicants will receive a ballot in the mail and must return it to the early voting clerk. The voted ballot must be delivered to the Election Administrator's Office via mail, or common or contract courier by 7:00 p.m. on Election Day.

Voters who are physically unable to enter the polling location without assistance or likelihood of injury to the voter’s health may ask the presiding election official to allow them to vote outside the polling location. The election officer will deliver a ballot to the voter at the polling place entrance or curb. A special curbside buzzer will be placed near the entrance of the poll so a curbside voter may ring the buzzer from their car. A sign will identify the curbside voting. If you have any questions regarding Curbside Voting, you may contact the Elections office at 713-755-6965. Voting curbside will not shorten the time at the polls as curbside voters are voted as their place in line arrives to the qualification table.

You may submit an application for a late ballot because of sickness or disability after the last day of early voting and before 5:00pm on election day. In order to qualify the sickness or disability must originate on or after the 12th day before election day. (Secs. 102.001; 102.003).

You may submit an application to vote due to a death in the immediate family that occurred on or after the 5th day before election day and will be absent from the county on election day. (Secs. 103.001; 103.003b).

Voters are required to submit an application for these specific instances. Please contact the Elections Division at 713-755-6965 for questions.

Pursuant to Section 63.0013, Election Code:An election officer may give voting order priority to individuals with a mobility problem that substantially impairs the person's ability to move around.

  • Voters who wish to be given voting order priority, and be accepted for voting before others in line to vote at that polling place may indicate this to any election officer serving at the polling place. The presiding election judge will determine whether the voter and the voter's assistant, if applicable, will be brought forward to the front of the line.


*If you possess one of the following forms of acceptable photo ID, you must present it when voting in person:

NOTE: Providing a Texas Driver’s License or Texas Personal ID expedites the voter qualification process.

Texas Driver License issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS)

Texas Personal Identification Card issued by DPS

Texas Election Identification Certificate issued by DPS

Texas Handgun License issued by DPS

United States Military Identification Card containing your photograph

United States Passport (book or card)

United States citizenship certificate containing your photograph

* With the exception of the U.S. citizenship certificate, the identification must be current or, for voters aged 18-69, have expired no more than 4 years before being presented for voter qualification at the polling place. A person 70 years of age or older may use a form of identification listed above that has expired if the identification is otherwise valid.

Voters who currently do not have an approved form of photo ID may apply for an Election Identification Certificate (EIC) at no charge with the Department of Public Safety. For more information: Call (512) 424-2600 or visit

Do not possess and cannot reasonably obtain one of these IDs?

Fill out a declaration at the polls describing a reasonable impediment to obtaining it, and show a copy or original of one of the following supporting forms of ID:
  • A government document that shows your name and an address, including your voter registration certificate
  • Current utility bill
  • Bank statement
  • Government check
  • Paycheck
  • (a) A certified domestic (from a U.S. state or territory) birth certificate or (b) a document confirming birth admissible in a court of law which establishes your identity (which may include a foreign birth document)

Voters who are unable to provide an acceptable form of photo ID or an acceptable supporting document may vote provisionally. Voters will need to sign a provisional affidavit and will have 6 days after the election to cure their ballot by bringing approved photo identification to the Voter Registrar.

EXEMPTION: Voters with a disability may apply with the county voter registrar for a permanent exemption to showing acceptable photo ID or following the Reasonable Impediment Declaration procedure at the polls. Voters with a religious objection to being photographed or voters who do not present an acceptable form of photo identification or follow the Reasonable Impediment Declaration procedure at the polls because of certain natural disasters may apply for a temporary exemption to showing an acceptable form of photo identification or following the Reasonable Impediment Declaration procedure at the polls. Please contact your voter registrar for more details.

Voter ID Resources

Voting Information Voting Equipment

Harris County is pleased to announce the next generation of voting machines to make voting more accessible and transparent to and for voters, the Verity Duo from Hart InterCivic.

Verity Duo combines the ease and accuracy of touchscreen ballot marking with the assurance of a voter-verifiable paper trail. Verity Duo prints an easy-to-read summary of voter choices for verification, and the scanner counts votes directly from this summary.

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Information is vital to accessing the voting process. For this reason, I encourage you to contact us if you have a question, need assistance or have a suggestion.