Absentee or By-Mail Voting


Early voting in person generally starts 17 days before each election and ends 4 days before each election. Early voting is held in the Conference Room located in the County Annex 206 Elm St from 8:00 a.m. thru 5 p.m. Monday thru Friday.


A request for application for ballot by mail must be submitted to the early voting clerk on or after the 60th day before Election Day and before the close of business on the 11th day before Election Day.

To be eligible to vote early by mail in Texas, you must:

  • be 65 years or older;
  • be sick or disabled;
  • be out of the county on election day and during the period for early voting by personal appearance; or
  • be expected to give birth within three weeks before or after Election Day; or
  • be confined in jail, but otherwise eligible.

For more information on voting by mail or to obtain an application go to VoteTexas.gov » Voting by Mail

You do not have to use a formal application; however, any informal application must be in writing and include:

  1. Your signature (or a witness’ signature if you cannot sign);
  2. Your name and the address at which you are registered to vote;
  3. The address to which the ballot is to be mailed;
  4. The election date and for which election you are requesting a ballot (for a primary election, you must state the political party’s primary in which you wish to vote); and,
  5. A reason why you are eligible to vote early by mail (to be eligible to vote early due to expected absence from the county, your application must be an out-of-county address).

You are welcome to call the office and have an application for a ballot by mail sent directly to you.
If someone helps you fill out the application, the assistant needs to write their name and address next to your signature on the application and also sign the application.

All applications must be addressed to the early voting clerk. Applications mailed to an address other than the early voting clerk will be rejected.

Send Completed Application:

Fax to: 1-254-897-7703
P.O. Box 1355
Glen Rose, TX 76043
Email  With a scanned version of an original application

to elections@co.somervell.tx.us

The early voting clerk must receive your marked ballot by 7 p.m. on Election Day.

If you are mailing your ballot from outside the United States, the early voting clerk must receive your ballot by the fifth day after Election Day.  (The deadline is extended to the next regular business day if the 5th day falls on a Sunday.)

When you vote by mail, you can take steps to protect your ballot and your vote. The most effective ways to protect your ballot are:

  • Send your application as early as possible.

Your Mailing Address: The general rule is that a ballot must be mailed to the address where you are registered to vote. However, if you are 65 or older or have a physical disability, you may have your ballot sent to a hospital, nursing home, or long-term care facility, retirement center, or relative, but you must check the blank on the form indicating which address you are providing.

If you need help reading, marking or mailing your ballot, ask a trusted relative or friend to help you.

For example:

A stranger might “show up” on your doorstep offering to help you with your ballot soon after you’ve received it in the mail. We recommend you decline this kind of help for several reasons. If you allow your ballot to be mailed by someone you don’t know, it might not be mailed at all. Your ballot will be rejected if a common or contract carrier attempts to deliver it to the elections office from the address of a candidate or a campaign’s headquarters. The safety of your vote is best assured by asking someone you know and trust to help you read, mark or mail your ballot. Remember, you must put each helper’s name and address on the carrier envelope, which is the one used to return your ballot to the early voting clerk. The helpers must also sign the carrier envelope. Failure to provide required assistance information may constitute a criminal offense.