Early Voting Information

Three (3) ways to vote early in Texas Elections:

1) Absentee Voting by Mail
Regular (Annual) Application for Ballot By Mail (ABBM)  (Español) (Fillable Form)

Laws and Procedures for ABBM's Advisory from the Secretary of State (PDF)  

Your Rights when voting by mail (PDF)

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

  • 65 years of age or older on election day
  • Expects to be out of the county during the hours that voting is conducted during early voting in person and on election day (Must provide an out of county address and the date to begin and the ending date of receiving mail at this address. This application is only good for one election and runoff.)
  • Has a disability, defined as a sickness or physical condition that prevents the voter from voting in person without a likelihood of needing personal assistance or injury to the voter’s health;
  • Confined in jail, but eligible to vote. 1) serving a misdemeanor sentence and will not be released prior to election day, 2) pending trial or an appeal of a conviction after denial of bail or without bail, or where release on bail before election day is unlikely. (This application is only good for one election and runoff.)

To vote by mail, you must first apply for a ballot. The Ellis County Elections office does not send out applications or ballots without a specific request from the voter. We must receive your application no later than the close of business 11 days before election day for both regular and FPCA applications (per H.B. 1927 law effective 9/1/2015). 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. First day for the Election’s Office to receive an Annual Regular or FPCA Ballot by Mail Application for each calendar year is: January 1st of each year.

College Student Information for voting by mail:    

If you’re attending a college or university away from home, you can vote early by mail if you claimed as your primary residence the address where you live while not attending school – in other words, where a parent or guardian lives. Remember you can register to vote in either your home state or where you attend college, but you cannot be registered in both locations. 

To request that an early voting ballot be sent to the address where you are physically planning to be at during election time (e.g.,at school), you must fill out a Regular (Annual) Application for Ballot By Mail (ABBM)  Return the form by the below procedures.

If you are studying abroad (overseas), please see section #2 below to fill out an FPCA application.

Ways to return your application: 
Mail your application for a ballot to: OR If you choose to use a contract carrier, applications can be delivered to:

Jana Onyon – Early Voting Clerk
Ellis County Elections
204 E. Jefferson
Waxahachie, Texas 75165

Deliver in person your application for a ballot to: Only the applicant may submit their application in person to the Early Voting Clerk at the above address until the early voting period begins. However, after the early voting period begins for an election, the applicant may only submit their application via mail, fax, common contract carrier, or email.

Fax and Mail your application for a ballot to: Fax: (972) 923-5194 (Voter must still submit the Original application BY MAIL no later than the 4th business day after receiving the fax. Per Senate Bill 5 effective December 1, 2017.) 

Email and Mail your application for a ballot to: Email elections@co.ellis.tx.us  (Must be a scanned application that contains the voter’s original signature) (Voter must still submit the Original application BY MAIL no later than the 4th business day after receiving the email. Per Senate Bill 5 effective December 1, 2017.) 


2) Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) for Military / Overseas Citizens to Vote by Mail

FPCA Application for ballot by mail or email (fillable form)

FPCA Information and materials (FVAP.gov website)

Military and Overseas Voters additional information (votetexas.gov website)

Who can use the Federal Postcard Application (FPCA) and why?

•  Active duty military, spouses, and dependents (voting from outside the home Texas county)
•  U. S. Citizens (nonmilitary) temporarily overseas* away from the home Texas county
•  U. S. Citizens (nonmilitary) permanently overseas* away from the (previous) home Texas county
* Federal law defines “overseas” as anywhere outside the United States. If you are not one of these voters, you need the regular early voting by mail application in step #1 above.

Mail your application for a ballot to: OR If you choose to use a contract carrier, applications can be delivered to:

Jana Onyon – Early Voting Clerk
Ellis County Elections
204 E. Jefferson
Waxahachie, Texas 75165

Fax and Mail your application for a ballot to: Fax: (972) 923-5194 (Voter must still submit the Original FPCA application BY MAIL no later than the 4th business day after receiving the fax. Per Senate Bill 5 effective December 1, 2017.)

Email your application for a ballot to: Email elections@co.ellis.tx.us  (Must be a scanned application that contains the voter’s original signature) (Per Senate Bill 5 effective December 1, 2017 does not require an original FPCA to be mail when it is emailed.)


3) Early Voting In-Person at the Polling Location
Texas law permits anyone who is registered to vote the option of voting early in person for any reason. The Elections Department establishes and staffs early voting locations throughout Ellis County. Early voting begins either 17 or 12 days prior to a scheduled election (depending on the type of election).

Early Voting Vote Center Locations are listing on our upcoming elections page for each individual election. Click here.  

Starting in May 2019, Early Voting voters can vote at ANY Ellis County Vote Center (Polling Location) that is convenient for you. Voting at a Vote Center does NOT eliminate your voter registration precinct which is located on your voter registration certificate. Your residence is located in a specific “precinct” or area within the county. The political districts you are eligible to vote on are located on the right side of your voter registration certificate (see below image).  You can also call the Elections office at 972‐825‐5195 to find the closest Vote Center location to you. Did you receive your new voters registration certificate?  Click Here... 

2018 Voter Certificate Example


What if I am physically unable to enter a polling location?  
If you are physically unable to enter the polling place, you may ask that an election officer bring a ballot to you at the entrance of the polling place or to your car at curbside. After you mark the ballot, give it to the election officer who will put it in the DS200 Tabulator Machine. Or, at your request, a companion may deposit it for you. Tip: If you plan to go alone to vote curbside, it is wise to call ahead so election officials will expect you (972-825-5195). Generally speaking, you may vote curbside during the early voting period (depending on the type of election, it could be the 17th or 12th day before Election Day until the 4th day before Election Day) or on Election Day.

Notice of Voting Order Priority
Pursuant to Section 63.0013, Election Code:
An election officer may give voting order priority to individuals with a mobility problem that substantially impairs the person's ability to move around. Click here for more information.

More information on "How to Vote at the Polls" with the ES&S ExpressVote Marking Device and the DS200 Tabulator :

Upcoming Elections in Ellis County

For more information on ballot by mail and FPCA's, call us at 972-825-5195 or email us at elections@co.ellis.tx.us or come see us at 204 E Jefferson Street, Waxahachie Tx 75165.