VOTING NOTICE TO VOTERS DISPLACED BY HURRICANE HARVEY
If you were living in a county that was affected by Hurricane Harvey and had to relocate to another county, please know that you can still vote in your home county or the county in which you currently reside. In regards to the voting and residence, the Secretary of State’s office has said that, you are the one who decides what you consider to be home.
You will need to make decisions by certain deadlines, as all regular deadlines are still in place and have not been waived.
If you would like to vote in the county you currently reside in (and it is different than where you previously lived), you may register to vote by the deadline date of Monday, February 5, 2018.
In order to participate in your home county’s election you must submit a Ballot-By-Mail application to your home county’s Voter Registrar. Complete the application and make sure to fill out what new/temporary address the ballot will be mailed to (Box #8). The Ballot-By-Mail application must be submitted by February 23, 2018.
To obtain a Ballot-By-Mail application, you may visit http://www.sos.state.tx.us/elections/forms/pol-sub/5-15f.pdf , print out the application, fill it out, and mail it (you must include a stamp) to your home county’s election official. To find out the mailing address of your county’s election office, visit http://www.sos.state.tx.us/elections/voter/county.shtml#F .
Also please be aware that if you do not have a state ID or supporting documentation (as outlined by the Secretary of State’s Office), you are still able to cast your ballot by completing a Reasonable Impediment form that will be available at your polling site. When completing the form, make sure to mark the reason of “Missing ID” or “Other: Hurricane”.
Visual guides on how to complete a Ballot-By-Mail application or Reasonable Impediment form are shown below.
In case you have more voting related questions, please contact the statewide Disability Rights Texas Voter Rights Hotline at 1-888-796-VOTE (8683).
VOTER RIGHTS HOTLINE: 1-888-796-VOTE
Video Phone: 1-866-362-2851