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Disclaimer: The State Law Library is unable to give legal advice, legal opinions or any interpretation of the law. It is strongly recommended that you contact an attorney for advice specific to your situation. If you have questions about anything in this guide, please ask a librarian.
Disclaimer: The State Law Library is unable to give legal advice, legal opinions or any interpretation of the law.
These advisories and memos from the Texas Secretary of State's Office providee guidance to election officials in how to facilitate voting in 2020. The advisories include guidance for how election administrators should facilitate voting for individuals who may be affected by COVID-19 and also in conducting elections during the outbreak.
This press release states that early voting for the November election "will begin on Tuesday, October 13, 2020, and continue through Friday, October 30, 2020. The proclamation also expands the period in which marked mail-in ballots may be delivered in person to the early voting clerk’s office, allowing such delivery prior to as well as on Election Day."
Vote by Mail & Curbside Voting
Texas law allows certain voters to vote by mail or do "curbside" voting at the polling place. As Texans weigh the risks of gathering at polling places during the COVID-19 outbreak, more people may attempt to utilize those options.
This statute states that a voter may request curbside voting if "the voter is physically unable to enter the early voting polling place without personal assistance or a likelihood of injuring the voter's health".
This chapter sets out who may vote early including who may vote by mail. This includes: voters who will be absent from their county of residence on election day, voters with sicknesses or disabilities that prevent them from appearing at the polling place, voters 65 years of age or older, voters confined in jail, and voters participating in the address confidentiality program.