Items of Interest

Applications for Ballot by Mail **UPDATE**

Applications for ballot by mail have been updated to include a REQUIRED identification number.  You now must provide one of the following identification numbers on your application:

  • Texas Driver’s License or,
  • Texas Personal Identification Number or,
  • Election Identification Certificate Number (issued by the Texas Department of Safety – NOT your VUID#) or,
  • If you do not have one of the identification numbers listed above , you may provide the last 4 digits of your social security number
  • If you have not been issued a Texas Driver’s License/Texas Personal Identification Number/Texas Election Identification Certificate or Social Security Number, you must check the checkbox to indicate the statement

Click here to Print the updated Application for Ballot by Mail

Mail applications for ballot by mail to:
Early Voting Clerk
Elections Administrator
Denton County
P.O. Box 1720
Denton, TX 76202

Mail ballot hand-delivery:
You may hand deliver your mail ballot to our office on ELECTION DAY ONLY.

Denton County Elections Administration
701 Kimberly Dr., Ste. A101
Denton, TX 76208

In person voting:

In order to minimize your wait time at the polling place, we are suggesting that, if you are able, vote early. If you want to minimize potential contact with other voters, a pro tip would be to pick a less trafficked polling location and visit during non-peak times of the day.  That would mean picking a more rural location and avoiding times of the day such as polls open, lunch, and right before polls close.

Application for Ballot by Mail Eligibility:

Frequently, our office fields questions regarding whom is eligible to apply for a ballot by mail.   The Texas Election Code is very specific about the applicant’s eligibility to apply for a ballot by mail.  To be eligible to vote early by mail in Texas, you must:

  • 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.

Additionally, Attorney General Paxton issued letter of guidance (link below) that specifies that an applicant would not be eligible for ballot by mail because of a “lack of immunity to COVID-19” and/or a “desire to engage in social distancing to avoid exposure to the virus” alone.  If you meet another eligibility reason for applications for ballot by mail, that would be acceptable.

Mail ballot applications:

If you are planning on submitting an application for ballot by mail, please submit your application as soon as possible!  By submitting your mail ballot application early, you will increase the amount of time you have to complete the mail ballot and return it in a timely manner.  Please check the Current and Upcoming Elections page for the deadline for ballot by mail applications. The closer to the deadline that we receive your application; the shorter the window will be for them to be received by our office before the deadline to receive ballots.  Please mail your application to:

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

Mail ballot drop boxes:

Our office is aware that lately there are many news articles that mention mail ballot drop boxes.  Texas Election Code does not allow for drop boxes for your mail ballots and because of this, Denton County will not be providing mail ballot drop boxes within the County.  The only place that mail ballots will be accepted for hand delivery is in our office (address above).  This also means that you cannot hand deliver your mail ballots to a polling location during Early Voting or on Election Day.  If you decide that you want to vote in person after receiving a mail ballot, you are allowed to surrender your mail ballot in the polling place and vote in person.

United States Postal Service (USPS):

Again, our office is aware that there are many news articles circulating regarding changed procedures and funding at the USPS.  We have always worked closely with the local USPS to make sure that all election related mail is promptly delivered.  Our local USPS has stated that they will continue expediting all elections related mail and will be communicating regularly with our office to ensure that all election mail is delivered in a timely manner.