Voting Information you need to know!

IMPORTANT DEADLINE DATES


10-05-20 is the last day to register to vote, if you are not already registered.

>To check if you are already registered to vote, click here

>To register to vote via the Secretary of State, click here

>Or in Bexar County, call the Voter Registration office at 210-335-VOTE (8683)

>There is more on voter registration at the bottom of this article.


10-13-20 is when in-person early voting begins.

>Here is the Bexar County list of early voting locations: click here.

>For info on how to vote safely during the Covid-19 pandemic: click here.

>If you are disabled and will need assistance to vote: read this.

Early voting was scheduled to begin on 10-19-20 but due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Governor Abbott issued an emergency order to open early voting on October 13. On September 23 a group of Republican leaders in Texas filed suit against the Governor and Secretary of State seeking an order to eliminate the emergency order, delete the extra days of early voting, and restore the October 19 start for early voting. As of September 24 no ruling on their lawsuit has been made.


10-14-20 is roughly the last realistically safe day on which you can mail-in a request for absentee ballot. The request must be received by the election administrator no later than October 23, so you need to start early. You may use the post office to submit your application or you may email it to your county election administrator. The email address for Bexar county is votebymail@bexar.org

>To apply for an absentee ballot, click here

>For a list of all Texas County Election Administrators, click here.

10-23-20 is the last day you can request an absentee ballot. But NOTE: the request must be received by the election administrator by this date, so you should begin at least a week before the deadline. Registered voters age 65 and older are entitled to vote by mail under Texas law without any further conditions. You do not need to be absentee. Anyone under 65 may vote by mail if that person is sick or disabled, or will be out of the county on election day and during the early voting period, or is in jail but otherwise eligible to vote.

>To apply for an absentee ballot, click here


10-30-20 is the last day on which you can in-person early vote.


11-03-20 is Election day. If you did not early vote or vote by mail, go to the polls!

>For info on how to vote safely during the Covid-19 pandemic: click here.

>If you are disabled and will need assistance to vote: read this.


VOTE REGISTRATION

REGISTER WHEN YOU CHANGE YOUR DRIVERS LICENSE

As of 9/23/2020 Texas is required to allow qualified individuals to register to vote when they apply for or update their drivers license online. Texas had denied voters this option, but the Federal District Court ruled that federal law requires Texas to comply. The online system should be operational on 9/23/2020.


DID YOUR ADDRESS CHANGE?

If you moved inside the same county (that is, you have a new address in the same county where you are already registered) then you must update your voter registration. The easiest method is to do so online with the Secretary of State: click here.

If you moved to a different Texas county (that is, you were registered in Texas County "A" but have moved to Texas County "B") then you must file a brand-new voter registration in your new county. To re-register, click here.

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Paul Premack, 2019-2020 President of the Texas Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) is *Certified as an Elder Law Attorney ( CELA ) by the National Elder Law Foundation as accredited by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and the ABA. He is licensed to practice law in Texas and in Washington State, and handles San Antonio Probate and Bexar County Probate, Wills, Living Trusts, Estate Planning, and writes the legal column for the San Antonio Express News.

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