Tex. Election Code Section 86.011
Action by Clerk on Return of Ballot


The early voting clerk shall determine whether the return of a voter’s official carrier envelope for a ballot voted by mail is timely.


If the return is timely, the clerk shall enclose the carrier envelope and the voter’s early voting ballot application in a jacket envelope. The clerk shall also include in the jacket envelope:


a copy of the voter’s federal postcard application if the ballot is voted under Chapter 101 (Voting by Resident Federal Postcard Applicant); and


the signature cover sheet, if the ballot is voted under Chapter 105 (Voting by Military Personnel or Other Persons Overseas).


If the return is not timely, the clerk shall enter the time of receipt on the carrier envelope and retain it in a locked container for the period for preserving the precinct election records. The clerk shall destroy the unopened envelope and its contents after the preservation period.


Notwithstanding any other provisions of this code, if the clerk receives a timely carrier envelope that does not fully comply with the applicable requirements prescribed by this title, the clerk may deliver the carrier envelope in person or by mail to the voter and may receive, before the deadline, the corrected carrier envelope from the voter, or the clerk may notify the voter of the defect by telephone and advise the voter that the voter may come to the clerk’s office in person to correct the defect or cancel the voter’s application to vote by mail and vote on election day. If the procedures authorized by this subsection are used, they must be applied uniformly to all carrier envelopes covered by this subsection. A poll watcher is entitled to observe the procedures under this subsection. The secretary of state may prescribe any other procedures necessary to implement this subsection including requirements for posting notice of any deliveries.
Acts 1985, 69th Leg., ch. 211, Sec. 1, eff. Jan. 1, 1986. Amended by Acts 1987, 70th Leg., ch. 472, Sec. 31, eff. Sept. 1, 1987; Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 203, Sec. 1.19; Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 554, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1991; Acts 1997, 75th Leg., ch. 864, Sec. 77, eff. Sept. 1, 1997.
Amended by:
Acts 2011, 82nd Leg., R.S., Ch. 1318 (S.B. 100), Sec. 9, eff. September 1, 2011.
Acts 2021, 87th Leg., 2nd C.S., Ch. 1 (S.B. 1), Sec. 5.09, eff. December 2, 2021.

Source: Section 86.011 — Action by Clerk on Return of Ballot, https://statutes.­capitol.­texas.­gov/Docs/EL/htm/EL.­86.­htm#86.­011 (accessed Jun. 5, 2024).

Jun. 5, 2024

§ 86.011’s source at texas​.gov