What you should know about voting by mail as a Harris County voter


Step 1 - See if you're eligible for vote-by-mail

Review the Harris County guidance on frequently asked questions to see if you are eligible to vote by mail.

Download Vote-by-mail FAQs


Step 2 - Request your ballot by sending in an application to vote-by-mail

If you're eligible, you can download, and return your application by October 23. The Harris County Clerk's office must receive (not just postmarked) your application by October 23 in order to send you a mail ballot for the November General Election.

Download your ballot-by-mail application form: (English)  / ( Spanish)

Your application may be mailed to Harris County Clerk at one of the addresses below. You can also drop off your application in-person to any of our County Clerk office locations across Harris County. 

  • Regular mail to:
    Chris Hollins
    Harris County Clerk
    Attn: Elections Division
    P.O. Box 1148
    Houston, TX 77251-1148
  • Common or contract carrier (e.g., personal courier, FedEx, UPS, or other contracted mail service);:
    Chris Hollins
    Harris County Clerk
    1001 Preston, 4th Flr, Rm. 440
    Houston, TX 77002

Once your request is received by Harris County, you can track your request (and ballot) using harrisvotes.com/Tracking.  


Step 3 - Receive and return your ballot

Receive and return your ballot. Ballots began being mailed out to those who had already submitted their applications. When you submit an application after mid-September, you should receive your ballot within 7 days of your application being received. 

Harris County has implemented a new color coded system for mail-in ballots. Complete your ballot using the new color system and don't send a blank ballot.

A completed mail ballot MUST be returned to the Harris County Clerk’s Office in the Official Carrier Envelope provided to you. It may be returned in any of the following manners:

  • Regular residential mail via United States Postal Service;
    • Ballot must be postmarked by 7:00 p.m. on Election Day and must be received by 5:00 p.m. on November 4 (the day after Election Day)
  • In-person drop off at NRG (NRG Arena – Hall D, NRG Pkwy, Houston, TX 77054)
    • During regular business hours,
    • During Early Voting period: Mondays through Saturdays from 7 am - 7 pm and Sundays from 12 pm – 7pm, or
    • On Election Day (November 3, 2020) from 7 am – 7 pm.
    • You must present an acceptable form of photo identification
    • 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)
    • Only the voter may deliver their ballot in person

Learn more about Election Mail from the United States Postal Service.

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