Registered voters who are age 65 or older or disabled must reapply to vote by mail each January, per Texas law, according to a Jan. 2 news release from the Harris County Clerk's Office.

In a nutshell

Texas law requires eligible registered voters to submit an application to vote by mail starting Jan. 1 each year. Voters can mark "annual" on the application and receive a mail-in ballot for the pertinent 2024 elections in their jurisdiction, according to the release.

Eligible registered voters can also choose to vote by mail in specific elections and not check the "annual" option on the application.

“It is important that the voter completes the entire application and selects the appropriate options,” Harris County Clerk Teneshia Hudspeth said in the release. “In even years, it is also important to mark the primary and runoff election in which you want to participate.”

Also of note

The application for eligible registered voters to vote by mail expires Dec. 31 each year, when the voter cancels the application, or when the voter registers in a new county, according to the release, so qualified registered voters must reapply annually.

Eligible registered voters can find applications to apply for mail ballots below by county:Looking ahead

The deadline for a mail ballot application to be received for the March 5 primary election in Texas is Feb. 23, according to the Texas Secretary of State's Office.

Additional 2024 deadlines for mail ballot applications to be received include:
  • April 23 for the local May 4 elections
  • May 17 for primary runoff elections
  • Oct. 25 for the Nov. 5 elections