Early Voting by Mail and Absentee

**Reminder Annual Ballot by Mail Applications are only good for one calendar year**

Who can vote by mail?

You are eligible to vote early by mail if you are a registered voter who is:

  • be 65 years or older;
  • be sick or disabled;
  • be out of the county on election day and during the period for early voting by personal appearance;
  • be expected to give birth within three weeks before or after Election Day; or
  • be confined in jail, but otherwise eligible.
How do I get a ballot?

To vote by mail, you must first apply for a ballot. The Denton County Elections office does not send out applications or ballots without a specific request from the voter. We must receive your application no earlier than 60 days before election day and no later than the close of business 11 days before election day. If the deadline falls on a weekend, the last day to submit an application is the preceding Friday. If the deadline falls on a state or federal holiday, the ballot must be received on the preceding business day.

Mail your application for a ballot to:

P.O. Box 1720
Denton, TX 76202

If you choose to use a contract carrier, applications can be delivered to:

Early Voting Clerk
Denton County Elections
701 Kimberly Drive
Denton, TX, 76208

Fax your application for a ballot to:

Fax: (940) 349-3201

**IF YOU FAX OR EMAIL YOUR APPLICATION** we must receive a hard copy of the application in our office within 4 business days and it must include a “wet” signature to be considered a valid application.  We can accept an application in person directly from the individual voter only before early voting begins.

Where do I get an application?

You may download an Early Voting Absentee application from our site.

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Military and overseas citizens should use the Federal Postcard Application (FPCA).

You do not have to use a formal application; however, an informal application must be in writing and include:

  • The applicant’s name;
  • The applicant’s address;
  • The number of the applicant’s driver’s license or personal identification card issued by DPS, or if applicant has not been issued one of those numbers, the last four digits of the applicant’s social security number, or a statement that the application has not been issued either of those numbers (NEW LAW – SB 1; 2021, 2nd C.S.);
  • The address at which the applicant is registered;
  • The address to which ballot is to be mailed, if different and if authorized by law (see below);
  • A valid ground for voting by mail;
  • An application for a ballot to be voted by mail on the ground of disability must require the applicant to affirmatively indicate that the applicant agrees with the statement, “I have a sickness or physical condition that prevents me from appearing at the polling place on election day without a likelihood of needing personal assistance or injuring my health,” as prescribed by Section 82.002(a).
  • Indicate the election for which the applicant is applying to vote by mail;
  • Be signed by applicant or witness, if applicable.
How soon must I return the ballot?

The deadline to receive regular domestic absentee ballots is by mail is 7:00PM on Election Day.

The deadline to receive late domestic ballots mailed within the United States from non-military voters and from any military voters who submitted an Application for Ballot by Mail(“ABBM”) (not a Federal Postcard Application – “FPCA”), if the carrier envelope was placed for delivery by mail or common or contract carrier AND bears a cancellation mark of a postal service or a receipt mark of a common or contract carrier or a courier indicating a time not later than 7:00 PM on Election Day is the 5:00pm on the first business day after Election Day (unless that date falls on a legal holiday, which would push the deadline to the 2nd business day after Election Day).

The deadline to receive ballots from non-military and any military voters casting ballots from outside of the United States, who submitted an ABBM (not an FPCA) AND who placed their ballots in delivery by 7:00 PM on election day, as evidenced by a postal service cancellation mark or a receipt mark of a common or contract carrier or a courier is the 5th day after election day.

The deadline to receive carrier envelopes mailed domestically (within the United States) OR overseas from voters who submitted a FPCA AND who are members of the armed forces of the United States, or the spouse or a dependent of a member of the armed forces, members of the merchant marines of the United States, or the spouse or a dependent of a member of the merchant marine, members of the Texas National Guard, or the spouse or a dependent of a member of the Texas National Guard, a member of the National Guard of another state, or the spouse or a dependent of a member of the National Guard of another state, or members of the Reserves, or the spouse or a dependent of a member of the Reserves is the 6th day after election day.

How do I get more information?

For more information on ballot by mail and FPCAs,

Call us at (940) 349-3200
Fax us at (940) 349-3201

email: elections@dentoncounty.gov

or write us at:

Early Voting Clerk
Denton County Elections
P.O. Box 1720
Denton, TX, 76202

Instructions for Voting a Optical Scan (Paper) Ballot

Vote for the candidate/statement of your choice in each race by darkening in the oval provided to the left of the name of the candidate/statement.


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This website is for informational purposes only. While we endeavor to provide timely and accurate information, we make no guarantees. This material has been compiled from various sources. For additional questions, please contact the Denton County Elections Department at (940) 349-3200.