vote by mail Frequently asked question (faq)
AM I ELIGIBLE TO VOTE-BY-MAIL?
Find out now; avoid long lines at the polls and vote conveniently at home. If you are 65 or older, disabled, will be out of the county (or country), and/or other extenuating circumstances, you are eligible to vote-by-mail, and can send your application in to vote-by-mail. Click this LINK to learn more about eligibility, get your application, print, sign and mail it in today. Last Day to Apply to Vote by Mail for the November General Election: Friday, October 23, 2020 (received at Elections Office, not postmarked).
HOW DO I KNOW THE ELECTIONS OFFICE GOT MY APPLICATION TO VOTE-BY-MAIL?
Call the Comal County Elections Office: 830-221-1352 to make sure your application to Vote By Mail was received. If the Elections Office does not have your application, call the Comal County Democratic Party Headquarters: 830-620-5739 and we’ll help you. You can either drop by the office to pick up an application or we’ll send an application to you in the mail. Last Day to Apply to Vote by Mail for the November General Election: Friday, October 23, 2020 (received at Elections Office, not postmarked).
WHAT IF I CHANGE MY MIND AFTER I SENT AN APPLICATION TO VOTE-BY-MAIL; CAN I VOTE IN PERSON INSTEAD?
if you have already requested a Vote-by-Mail ballot, the short answer is yes, you can vote in person as soon as Early Voting starts on October 13, 2020. The process will be more streamlined if you bring your mail-in ballot with you to your polling place so you can give it to the voting clerk before casting your vote. If you don’t have your ballot or never received it, you can still cast a provisional ballot. Your vote will be counted once the county determines it never received your mail-in ballot.
WHEN SHOULD I RECEIVE MY VOTE-BY-MAIL BALLOT FOR THE NOVEMBER 2020 ELECTION?
Ballots to Vote By Mail should be sent out on or around the first week of October, but they can’t be sent out until the entire county ballot — from the race for president to local water districts — is certified. If the Comal County Elections Office (CCEO) receives your application to vote by mail more than 45 days before Election Day, then once the county ballot is certified, your ballot must be sent to you at least 30 days before the election. IF YOU APPLIED TO VOTE BY MAIL before SEPTEMBER 27TH AND YOU DO NOT RECEIVE YOUR BALLOT TO VOTE BY MAIL BY OCTOBER 10TH, Call the Comal County Elections Office at 830-221-1352. If you have any issues, please contact the Comal County Democratic Party Headquarters: 830-620-5739 and we’ll help you to track down your Application and/or your Ballot to Vote-by-Mail.
WHEN SHOULD I MAIL MY VOTE-BY-MAIL BALLOT?
As soon as you get your Vote-by-Mail ballot, PLEASE CARFULLY READ VOTE-BY-MAIL BALLOT INSTRUCTIONS.
- Complete/mark your ballot. Vote the Entire Ballot for Democrats from President to Commissioner
- Place completed ballot in ballot envelope (White), and seal the envelope
- Place ballot envelope in carrier envelope (Yellow), seal the envelope, and sign the back of the envelope with signature you used when you registered to vote. (see note below about what to do if you have a physical condition where your signature may not always match)
- Put postage on envelope ($.65 cents is recommended)
- Mail the completed ballot to the Comal County Elections Office right away…don’t wait!
If you don’t want to mail your ballot, you can hand-carry your ballot to the Comal County Elections Office ONLY in person and drop it off as soon as your get your ballot – you don’t need to wait until Early Voting (October 13, 2020) starts to mail or drop off your Vote-by-Mail Ballot* (SEE NOTE BELOW).
*PLEASE NOTE: Because of the coronavirus, Governor Abbott issued a proclamation on July 27, 2020, which states that “…a voter [may] deliver a marked mail ballot in person to the early voting clerk’s office [Comal County Elections Office] prior to and including on election day.” This means that as soon as you receive your personal Ballot to Vote-by-Mail, you may fill out the ballot and hand deliver your ballot in the signed, sealed envelope to Comal County’s Main Elections Office at 396 N. Seguin Avenue, New Braunfels, TX, during business hours 8AM-5PM, anytime after you receive and mark the ballot, before and through Early Voting, and any time on Election Day from 7AM-7PM. Prior to Early Voting/Election Day, there will be a separate table at the Comal County Elections Office to accept hand-carried, in-person Vote-by-Mail Ballots. Don’t forget to bring your ID with you!
WHAT IF I DON’T PUT ENOUGH POSTAGE ON MY VOTE-BY-MAIL BALLOT; WILL IT BE RETURNED?
The U.S. Postal Service encourages you to add the appropriate postage on your presidential ballot, We recommend putting $.65 cents postage on your Vote-by-Mail Ballot envelope. but they will not return ballots that lack enough postage. According to U.S. Postal Bulletin 22391, “Short-paid and unpaid absentee balloting materials must never be returned to the voter for additional postage. Postage is collected from the election office upon delivery or at a later date. Delivery of balloting materials will not be delayed.”
CAN I HAND-DELIVER MY VOTE-BY-MAIL BALLOT TO THE ELECTIONS OFFICE?
YES! As noted above, because of the coronavirus, Governor Abbott issued a proclamation on July 27, 2020, which states that “…a voter [may] deliver a marked mail ballot in person to the early voting clerk’s office [Comal County Elections Office] prior to and including on election day.” This means that as soon as you receive your personal Ballot to Vote-by-Mail, you may fill out the ballot and hand deliver your ballot in the signed, sealed envelope to Comal County’s Main Elections Office at 396 N. Seguin Avenue, New Braunfels, TX, during business hours 8AM-5PM, anytime after you receive and mark the ballot. You do not need to wait until Early Voting starts to hand deliver your completed ballot to the Elections Office. Ballots to Vote-by-Mail may be hand-carried to the Main Elections Office through Early Voting (Oct 13-30) and on Election Day (Nov. 3). You will be required to show an approved form of ID when delivering your completed ballot and will be asked to sign a form stating the ballot was hand delivered. There will be a separate table at the Comal County Elections Office to accept hand-carried, in-person Vote-by-Mail Ballots.
COULD MY VOTE-BY-MAIL BALLOT BE REJECTED?
Be careful filling out your ballot, and don’t miss the deadline! Send or drop-off your Vote-by-Mail ballot as soon as you receive it in the mail.
Besides missing the deadline, your ballot could be rejected for multiple reasons. Some voters forget to sign their ballots. Ballot review boards may find that signatures don’t match the endorsement signed on the ballot envelope and the one on the voter application. if you have some physical condition where your signature may not always match, the Comal County Elections Office (CCEO) Administrator says to just put a sticky note on your ballot saying you have a shaky signature or some other condition that could possibly be interpreted as a miss-matched signature. The Ballot Board will take that into consideration when reviewing the signature on your ballot. Other ballots could be rejected if a voter said they were going to be out of the county during the voting period, but the ballot was mailed from within the county. If your ballot is rejected for some reason, you should eventually be notified. But generally you won’t know if your ballot was rejected until well after the election. So, please carefully review your ballot BEFORE you send it or drop it off.
WHAT ABOUT TEXAS’ VOTE-BY-MAIL LAWSUIT?
The Texas Democratic Party (TDP) is fighting for all Texans’ right to vote and filed several lawsuits in 2020 to get so that all eligible voters in Texas who believe their health is in danger under the threat of COVID-19 (coronavirus) are eligible to cast their ballot by mail if they so choose. CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE about the status of these lawsuits and what you need to know about the status of Voting-by-Mail in Texas.
I HAVE OTHER QUESTIONS. WHERE CAN I FIND MORE INFORMATION ABOUT VOTER REGISTRATION AND VOTING?
Find more voter information HERE about registering to vote, changing your registration, voter ID and more specific answers to questions not included in this FAQ.