Who can hand-deliver a ballot? Only the voter who voted the ballot can hand-deliver their ballot. The voter must present an acceptable form of identification when delivering their ballot. If a voter does not possess and cannot reasonably obtain an acceptable form of photo identification, the voter may show a List B identification and complete a reasonable impediment declaration (RID). (Sections 86.006, 63.001, 63.0101).
What does the voter need to give to the early voting clerk’s office? The voter must execute (sign) their Carrier Envelope as if they were preparing for it to be mailed (except for postage). The marked ballot must be enclosed in the Carrier Envelope. The carrier envelope must be signed, as the ballot will be sent to the early voting ballot board to verify the voter’s signature pursuant to Section 87.041.
What is the procedure for hand delivery of marked ballots? The following steps should be followed when a voter hand-delivers their marked ballot to the early voting clerk’s office: a. The voter will bring the marked ballot enclosed in the executed Carrier Envelope to the early voting clerk’s office. b. The voter must present a List A form of photo identification (or List B identification with a RID) to the election official taking the ballot. c. The election official will add the voter’s name to the “Signature Roster – Hand Delivery of Ballot by Mail” and instruct the voter to sign the signature column on the corresponding numbered line. d. The election official will indicate on the roster whether the voter provided an approved form of photo identification or executed a RID, and the official will note the date and time that the ballot was delivered. e. The election official will print the name of the official who received the ballot from the voter. f. The election official will write “Hand Delivered” on the Carrier Envelope and note the date and time that the ballot was delivered. g. Upon receipt of the Carrier Envelope, the election official must secure the ballot (in the same manner that the early voting clerk secures ballots received by mail) until the ballot is delivered to the early voting ballot board.
What if a voter refuses to present an ID? The election official should notify the voter that presenting an acceptable form of identification is required when hand-delivering a marked ballot. If the voter refuses to present an acceptable ID, the election official should inform the voter that if they do not present an acceptable ID and insist on leaving the ballot, the ballot will be treated as improperly delivered and will not be sent to the early voting ballot board. The election official should also notify the voter that they can mail the ballot and as long as the envelope is postmarked by 7:00 p.m. on election day and received by the early voting clerk no later than 5:00 p.m. the next business day after election day, the ballot will be sent to the early voting ballot board for processing. NOTE: The Election Code sets later deadlines for the receipt of ballots by mail from certain military and overseas civilian voters using an FPCA or ABBM. (Sections 86.007(d), 101.057).
What if someone other than the voter attempts to drop off the ballot? The election official should notify the person dropping off the ballot that only the voter can hand-deliver their ballot. If an individual insists on dropping off someone else’s ballot, the ballot will be treated as improperly delivered and will not be sent to the early voting ballot board for counting.
Can we use a drop box so voters can deposit their ballot after hours or without having to interact with election officials? No. The law does not authorize the use of drop boxes for the in-person delivery of marked mail ballots. As described above, only the voter can drop off their own ballot; through this process, the voter must present an acceptable form of identification and sign the “Signature Roster – Hand Delivery of Ballot by Mail” form. These procedures require the voter to interact with an election official.
Instructions for Ballot by Mail Application are available.
ANNUAL (65 or older or disabled)
To vote by mail, you may request an annual ballot for the calendar year: To be eligible to vote by mail in Texas, you must:
- Be 65 years or older
- Be disabled
- Be out of the county on election day and during the period for Early Voting by personal appearance, (ballot must be mailed to an address outside of Rockwall County); or
- Be confined in jail, but otherwise eligible.
- A mail ballot application may also be obtained by contacting Brenda Ham at (972) 204-6200 or by email to email@example.com
- to request an application be mailed to you.
- Once the application is completed, mail it to:
- Rockwall County Elections
- 915 Whitmore Dr., STE. D
- Rockwall, Texas 75087
- Mail ballot applications must be submitted to the mail ballot clerk on or after the 60th day before Election Day and before the close of business on the 9th day before Election Day. If the 9th day is a weekend, the last day to submit an application is the preceding Friday.