Are you eligible to vote by mail?
With COVID-19 infections and deaths surging and a fall flu season ahead, you should not have to choose between your vote and your health. Any Texas citizen of the age 65 or older, or under 65 with any pre-existing medical conditions that makes them vulnerable to COVID-19 may vote by mail.
El Paso County Attorney Jo Anne Bernal said, “The Texas Supreme Court has made clear that a voter should take into account the voter’s personal health situation in making the important decision to ask for a mail-in-ballot. The decision to claim a disability and request a mail-in ballot is a personal decision for the voter. There is no requirement that the voter have been previously declared “disabled” by a medical professional or government agency.”
With COVID-19 infections and deaths surging, stay-at-home orders, and a fall flu season ahead, you should not have to choose between your vote and your health.
Conditions to consider in determining whether to request a vote-by-mail ballot:
- High blood pressure
- Serious heart conditions
- Sickle cell disease
- Chronic kidney disease
I want to be sure that everyone complies with the law and that no eligible person should be denied the right to vote. If you determine that you have a qualifying condition, check the Disability box in section 5 on the vote by mail application here.
An application to vote by mail must be received by October 23, 2020 at 5 p.m.
If you have any additional questions or would like to receive an application to request a mail ballot, please call my office at (915) 541-1400.