Don’t let the pandemic block your ballot

Here in the Pineywoods, many voters have cast their election ballots by mail. Recent headlines in the national news have them concerned about whether their ballot will count.

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In the 2020 General Election, registered voters who meet one of the following three criteria can once again vote by mail:

  • Age 65 or older
  • Expect to be absent from the county during the early voting period and on election day Nov. 3
  • Have a physical disability that limits their ability to vote in person, or
  • Are confined to jail, but otherwise remain eligible to vote (as in a pretrial detention). This reason can be used in only a single election.

San Jacinto County Elections Administrator Vicki Shelly recently announced that voters can hand deliver their ballot to ensure it is received by election officials. However, you can hand -deliver only your own ballot.

To hand-deliver, bring your ballot to the Election Administration office, 51 E. Pine Ave. Room A-1, Coldspring, TX 77331.

When making the delivery you will be asked to present photo ID and sign a roster.

This hand-deliver option is only for the Nov. 3 2020 General/Joint Election, which is authorized in a proclamation by Gov. Greg Abbott.

In Polk County, County Clerk Schelana Hock and her staff handle an extremely large number of mail ballots during each election cycle.

In a recent social media posts, Hock said she expects to receive ballots in mid- to late-September.

“Once our office receives them, we will begin mailing those out to voters who have submitted an application for the upcoming November election. The deadline to submit an application for a mail ballot is Oct. 23, 2020.

For an application to vote by mail, click the download button below.

Early voting by personal appearance will be held Oct. 13 to Oct. 30.

Directions for mailing the mail ballot applications for all Texas counties can be found here. That listing also includes contact information for any additional questions.