Approximately 356,000 Harris County voters qualify to vote by mail
Houston, TX – “If you meet the requirements to vote by mail, there is still plenty of time to submit a request for the November 3, 2015 election,” said County Clerk Stan Stanart, the chief election officer of the County. “Seniors and the disabled are able to receive their ballot at home versus walking or driving to a poll.”
In Texas, voting by mail is available to voters who are at least 65 years of age, ill, disabled, incarcerated but not convicted, or out of the county or country during the Early Voting Period and on Election Day. For this election cycle, the deadline to request a mail ballot is Friday, October 23. All requests for a mail ballot must be received, not postmarked, by the County Clerk’s Office by the Oct. 23 deadline.
Texas Election law was recently expanded to allow eligible mail voters to submit a mail ballot application by email. “Voters may find the mail ballot application on www.HarrisVotes.com, which should be filled out, signed, and scanned as a PDF or JPG document before being attached to an email and sent to BBM@cco.hctx.net,” explained Stanart. Ballot-by-mail applications may also be submitted by FAX, regular postal mail, or courier. More details can be found at www.HarrisVotes.com.
“There are approximately 356,000 voters in Harris County that meet the age requirement to vote by mail, according to the latest county voting records. Of those, 56 percent reside in the city of Houston,” noted Stanart.“As of Monday morning my office has received over 25,000 requests from voters seeking to vote by mail in this election.”
For more information about the ballot-by-mail process or to obtain an application, voters can call the Harris County Clerk’s office at 713.755.3150, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., or visit www.HarrisVotes.com.