Early Voting Information
Three (3) ways to vote early in Texas Elections:
1) Absentee Voting by Mail
Regular (Annual) Application for Ballot By Mail (ABBM)
- 65 years of age or older on election day
- Expects to be out of the county during the hours that voting is conducted during early voting in person and on election day (Must provide an out of county address and the date to begin and the ending date of receiving mail at this address. This application is only good for one election and runoff.)
- Has a disability, defined as a sickness or physical condition that prevents the voter from voting in person without a likelihood of needing personal assistance or injury to the voter’s health;
- Confined in jail, but eligible to vote. 1) serving a misdemeanor sentence and will not be released prior to election day, 2) pending trial or an appeal of a conviction after denial of bail or without bail, or where release on bail before election day is unlikely. (This application is only good for one election and runoff.)
To vote by mail, you must first apply for a ballot. The Ellis County Elections office does not send out applications or ballots without a specific request from the voter. We must receive your application no later than the close of business 11 days before election day for both regular and FPCA applications (per H.B. 1927 law effective 9/1/2015). If the deadline falls on a weekend, the last day to submit an application is the preceding Friday. If the deadline falls on a state or federal holiday, the ballot must be received on the preceding business day. First day for the Election’s Office to receive an Annual Regular or FPCA Ballot by Mail Application for each calendar year is: January 1st of each year.
College Student Information for voting by mail:
Mail your application for a ballot to: OR If you choose to use a contract carrier, applications can be delivered to:
Jana Onyon – Early Voting Clerk
Ellis County Elections
204 E. Jefferson
Waxahachie, Texas 75165
Deliver your application for a ballot to: Only the applicant may submit their application in person to the Early Voting Clerk at the above address until the early voting period begins. However, after the early voting period begins for an election, the applicant may only submit their application via mail, fax, common contract carrier, or email.
Fax your application for a ballot to: Fax: (972) 923-5194 (Voter must still submit the Original application BY MAIL no later than the 4th business day after receiving the fax. Per Senate Bill 5 effective December 1, 2017.)
Email your application for a ballot: Email email@example.com (Must be a scanned application that contains the voter’s original signature) (Voter must still submit the Original application BY MAIL no later than the 4th business day after receiving the email. Per Senate Bill 5 effective December 1, 2017.)
We can accept an application in person directly from the individual voter only before early voting begins.
2) Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) for Military / Overseas Citizens to Vote by Mail
FPCA Application for ballot by mail or email (fillable form)
FPCA Information and materials (FVAP.gov website)
Military and Overseas Voters additional information (votetexas.gov website)
Who can use the Federal Postcard Application (FPCA) and why?
• Active duty military, spouses, and dependents (voting from outside the home Texas county)
• U. S. Citizens (nonmilitary) temporarily overseas* away from the home Texas county
• U. S. Citizens (nonmilitary) permanently overseas* away from the (previous) home Texas county
* Federal law defines “overseas” as anywhere outside the United States. If you are not one of these voters, you need the regular early voting by mail application.
3) Early Voting In-Person at the Polling Location
Texas law permits anyone who is registered to vote the option of voting early in person for any reason. The Elections Department establishes and staffs early voting locations throughout Ellis County. Early voting begins either 17 or 12 days prior to a scheduled election (depending on the type of election)
Early Voting Locations are listing on our upcoming elections page for each individual election. Click here.
Notice of Voting Order Priority
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.
More information on "How to Vote at the Polls":
- Instructions on casting an optical scan ballot
- ES&S AutoMARK, a machine that also assists disabled voters to mark a paper ballot
- Required Identification for Voting in Person (Identificación Requerida Para Votar en Persona)
- Your Rights as a Voter
For more information on ballot by mail and FPCA's, call us at 972-825-5195 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or come see us at 204 E Jefferson Street, Waxahachie Tx 75165.