DISABLED VOTERS
Voting By Mail


 
Curbside Voting
Voting by Mail
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 County Clerk’s Office via mail, or common or contract courier by 7:00 p.m. on Election Day.

Curbside Voting
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 precinct election official to allow them to vote outside the polling location. You may bring a friend who can enter the polling location for you to let the staff know that you will be waiting in your car. The attendant will note your place in line and take an electronic ballot out to you when it is your turn to vote. You will then be able to vote within the privacy of your car. If you have any questions regarding Curbside Voting, you may contact the Elections office at 713-755-5792. 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.

Fill out this helpful form to notify a county worker at your polling location of your need to curbside vote.

Click here for Curbside Voting Information Form.
eSlate Voting at the Polling Location
The eSlate voting equipment affords voters with disabilities the capability to vote independently and privately at the polling location during the Early Voting Period or on Election Day. The eSlate is pre-equipped with two large buttons, called jelly switches, as an accessibility aid to voters whose tactile skills do not lend easily to operating the eSlate with the embedded buttons. The jack into which these tactile inputs are plugged is a standard 3.5mm jack, allowing voters who prefer to provide their own input device (such as a sip/puff device) to do so. Also available to the voter are a pair of standard headphones, or the option to plug in their own headphones, through which all operations on the eSlate will be narrated. This allows a voter with vision impairments to navigate the eSlate without assistance from a third party. [HartInterCivic]

Click here for an informative video on how to use a DAU.


Special Circumstances

Special Circumstances
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 713-755-3150 for questions.