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Voting by Mail

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 To be eligible to vote by mail in Texas, you must request a ballot by mail application and:

  • be 65 years or older (eligible to apply for an annual ballot by mail);
  • be disabled (eligible to apply for an annual ballot by mail);
  • be out of the county on election day and during the period for early voting by personal appearance; or
  • be confined in jail, but otherwise eligible.


  • Regular mail ballot applications for the over 65 years of age or disabled groups are only applicable for the one election that the application is filled out for.
  • Annual applications are valid for one calendar year.
  • If you are in the military or a citizen overseas, obtain a Federal Post Card Application (FPCA). These applications stay in effect for one federal election so it is important to update your mailing address with the county.

Please note additional information pertaining to mail ballot applications:

  • A mail ballot application may be obtained online
  • A mail ballot application may also be obtained by contacting Joanna Stanfield at (903) 590-4776 or by email  to request an application be mailed to you.
  • As a final option, you may request a mail ballot application be mailed to you
  • Once the application is completed, mail it to:
    • Smith County Elections Administration
      Attn: Joanna Stanfield
      302 E. Ferguson
      Tyler, Texas 75702
  • Mail ballot applications must be submitted to the mail ballot clerk on or after the 60th day before Election Day and before the close of business on the 11th day before Election Day. If the 11th day is a weekend, the last day to submit an application is the preceding Friday.