Texas Election Code
Sec. § 105.002
State Write-in Ballot


(a)

The secretary of state shall prescribe procedures to allow a voter to apply for and cast a state write-in ballot before the time a voter may receive a regular ballot to be voted by mail if the voter:

(1)

is a member of the armed forces of the United States or the spouse or a dependent of a member;

(2)

is unable to cast a ballot on election day or during the regular period for early voting because of a military contingency; and

(3)

makes an application on an official federal postcard application form that:

(A)

indicates that the person desires a state write-in ballot; and

(B)

contains the information that is required for registration under Title 2.

(b)

An application for a ballot under this section may not be submitted earlier than the 180th day before election day. If an application under this section is received after the time that regularly printed ballots become available, the early voting clerk shall send the applicant a regularly printed ballot.

(c)

The secretary of state shall prescribe the form of the ballot to allow a voter to cast a vote in each federal, state, or local race in the election. The ballot must allow a voter to write in the name of a candidate or, if applicable, cast a straight-party vote.

(c)

The secretary of state shall prescribe the form of the ballot to allow a voter to cast a vote in each federal, state, or local race in the election. The ballot must allow a voter to write in the name of a candidate.

(d)

If a person casts a ballot under this section and under Chapter 114 (Voting Federal Ballot by Overseas Citizen), the early voting clerk shall examine both ballots to determine the voter’s intent.
Added by Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 1349, Sec. 45, eff. Sept. 1, 1997. Amended by Acts 1999, 76th Leg., ch. 62, Sec. 5.11, eff. Sept. 1, 1999.
Amended by:
Acts 2017, 85th Leg., R.S., Ch. 404 (H.B. 25), Sec. 5, eff. September 1, 2020.
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