You are eligible to vote by mail if you:
- will be away from your county on Election Day and during the hours that early voting is conducted;
- are sick or disabled;
- are 65 years of age or older on Election Day; or
- are confined in jail.
There are TWO types of applications:
- Annual Application for Ballot By Mail: This is only for voters 65 years of age or older or disabled voters. When you select the “annual” option on the application you will receive a mail ballot for all elections held during a calendar year. Annual applications may be submitted beginning the first day of a calendar year (January 1) and no later than the 11th day before Election Day.
- Regular Ballot By Mail Application: Anyone not qualifying for an annual ballot.
To vote by mail, follow the following steps:
- Request (or download) an Application for Ballot by Mail.
To request by phone, call 817-831-6161 (not sure if this is correct)
To request an application be sent to you online, click here.
To download and print at home, click here.
You can see full directions about how to complete the application here.
- Complete the application and return it to the Tarrant County Early Voting Clerk.
**The last day for the Election Office to receive your application for the March 3 primary is February 21.**
Tarrant County Elections
PO Box 961011
Fort Worth, Texas 76161-0011
Express Courier Delivery:
Tarrant County Elections
2700 Premier St.
Fort Worth, Texas 76111-3011
Registering to vote in Texas can seem like a complicated process especially if you’ve never registered. First and foremost, it’s important to understand who can register to vote in the state of Texas. There are five criteria that must be met in order to register.
- You must be a U.S. citizen.
- You reside in the county where you submit your application
- Although you must be 18 to vote, you can register at 17 years and 10 months old. You have to turn 18 on or before election day though
- You can not be a convicted felon. There are certain circumstances in which even a convicted felon can vote and we will cover those later.
- You must be mentally competent. In other words, you can’t have been declared by a judge to be mentally incapacitated enough to deny your right to vote.
- If you can meet all five of those situations, then you are ready to register! It is very important to understand one thing though: you must mail in your application at a minimum of 30 days before the election date. In all honesty, the sooner you register the better.
The registration cutoff for the primaries is February 3rd. To vote in the general elections, the cutoff date is October 5th. Again, it is important to get your vote registration application in before these dates.
Now, how do you register to vote? VoteTexas.gov is a great place to start. It is run by the Texas Secretary of State and much of the information covered here can also be found there. They have an info on the many places and ways you can register to vote.
First, you can visit your county’s Voter Registrar’s office to vote in person. In Tarrant County, the Elections Administrator is Heider Garcia and can be reached by phone at 817-831-8683, by mail at P.O. Box 961011, Fort Worth, TX 76161, and finally in person at 2700 Premier Street, Fort Worth, TX 76111.
Second, you can also pick up an application at most post offices, Texas Department of Public Safety offices, Texas Health and Human Services Commission offices, public libraries, government offices, or even high schools. Going back to the Voter Registrar, all applications must be mailed back to the county Voter Registrar in which you live.
Once you’ve registered to vote your voter registration will be effective 30 days from registration. That’s why it is strongly encouraged that you mail in your application before the 30 day mark. It starts when they receive your application, not when you fill it out.
Okay, so now you have your voter registration card! Great! Well, Texas has thrown some hurdles in the way of voting. We are one of the states that requires identification to vote. There are seven acceptable forms of identification that you can use at that polling place. It does not have to be a driver’s license. They are as follows and all can be expired for up to four years if you are between the ages of 18 and 69 years old or any length of time if over the age of 70 so long as they are otherwise valid:
- A Texas driver’s license
- A Texas election ID
- A Texas personal identification card
- A Texas handgun license
- A U.S. citizenship certificate with photo
- A U.S. military ID card with photo
- A U.S. passport. Book or card are both acceptable.
So, what if you don’t have any of the above and cannot obtain one reasonably? Fortunately, you can still vote! At your polling place, you would fill out a Reasonable Impediment Declaration form, but you still need to come prepared. You would also have to provide one of the following documents:
- A certified domestic birth certificate or court admissible birth document
- A current utility bill (water, gas, electric, etc.)
- A bank statement
- A paycheck
- A government document with your name and an address including your voter registration certificate
A complete FAQ can be found on the VoteTexas.gov website here.
While this process may seem daunting and confusing, it’s important to remember that your vote really does count. In 2018, Ted Cruz won by only 214,921 votes. Only 8,306,185 votes were cast out of an eligible voting population of around 15 to 16 million registered voters. Imagine if a million more had shown up! Out of a population of around 29 million people, there were likely millions of people eligible to vote who simply didn’t apply to vote. Had everyone eligible to vote and every registered voter turned out, things likely would have been very, very different. This year, get out and register and then take the time to actually vote when the time comes! If we do that and show that we care about our future and about how our state is run, who knows what we the voter can actually accomplish!