Before you send in your mail ballot understand what the new law requires

If you are one of our mail ballot voters, you may have received your ballot for the election May 7.  Shortly you will also receive a ballot for the Republican Primary Run-Off election if you requested annual ballots for all elections.

Here are steps to follow before you return your marked ballot to the Bexar County Elections Department.

Once you have marked your mail ballot and sealed it in the white secrecy envelope and are ready to put it into the carrier-envelope to return it, please be sure you have followed all the instructions to ensure your ballot conforms to the new requirements of Texas Law.

STOP… before you seal the envelope and sign it.

Double-check to make sure you have added the additional information required by the new law passed by the State Legislature last year.  ON THE REVERSE OF THE CARRIER-ENVELOPE COMPLETE THE FOLLOWING:

  1. In the middle of the carrier (return) envelope on the backside under the flap, you will see TWO  lines that ask you to provide information. The first line includes a space where you will add your driver’s license or Texas personal ID number; the next space is where you provide the last four digits of your social security number. The second line includes a space where you can provide us with your telephone number and your email address, so if we have any questions, we can get in touch with you.
  2. Please do not skip this step. If you do not provide either your driver’s license/ID number or the last four digits of your social security number to match the number you used when you registered to vote, we will be unable to process your ballot so your vote can be counted. I recommend that you put both numbers to improve the odds of success.
  3.  Next, look at the large envelope flap, and you will see two glue strips to seal the mail ballot carrier envelope. If you look carefully, you will see that the two places seal on top and below where you just placed your information.
  4. If you have added the information required, then seal the envelope in two places and sign it.
  5.  Add your stamp and return it to the Bexar County Elections Department.
  6. If you do not provide your driver’s license/ID number or the last four digits of your social security number whichever matches the information on file, your ballot cannot be accepted and you may be notified by mail or phone how to provide the information needed to complete processing of your mail ballot.
  7. If you follow your ballot processing in the Secretary of State online tracker, you can provide the missing required information online or you can come in person to the Bexar County Elections Department at 1103 S. Frio Street,  to file a correction form within the allotted time.  Deadline is 5:00 p.m. on the 6th day after election day (May 13 for the Saturday, May 7 election and May 31 for the May 24 primary runoff election).
  8. Mail Ballots may only be delivered on Election Day between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. and only at the Bexar County Elections Department.  Only THE VOTER, with a photo ID, may hand-deliver their own ballot.

Otherwise, they must be returned by mail or by common or contact carrier (i.e. UPS or  FEDEX).

Carol Van De Walle is the Republican Election Judge for Mail-In Ballots (Early Voting Ballot Board)